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Domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse occurs between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members.  Whatever form it takes, it is rarely a one-off incident and is usually a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour which tends to get worse over time. 

It can be violent behaviour but isn’t always, the kind of abuse can be:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional 
  • as well as so-called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

If you feel that you are, or may be a victim of domestic abuse, we can offer advice and support to you.

If you’re in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.

You can report incidents of domestic abuse by:

  • Calling us on 0800 587 2325
    Talk to a trained member of our team, please contact us between 8am - 6pm and someone will get back to you within one working day. 
  • National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247
  • Complete our online form

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How we can help:

  • Listen to you and believe what you tell us
  • Contact you safely in a way and time that suits you
  • Meet you at home or in a location that’s comfortable and safe for you
  • Help you keep your children safe
  • Be guided by what you want

What we can do:

  • Keep in regular contact with you
  • Offer advice and practical support
  • Support you in finding a safe place if you need to leave your home
  • Provide additional security measures if you want to remain in your home
  • Give advice and support on restraining orders and injunctions
  • Make referrals to other agencies and work closely with those agencies to make sure you get the help you need
  • Help you with benefit advice and filling out forms

If you’ve been a victim of domestic abuse, we can help you regardless of whether you are:

  • Male or female
  • Being abused by a partner or close relative
  • In an opposite or same sex relationship, or not in a relationship at all
  • Living with or apart from your abuser
  • A younger or older person

We will always do our best to teat you fairly by respecting your lifestyle choices, culture or religious beliefs.

Report domestic abuse

Complete our online request form below for support from our Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) Officers.

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  • If it is not safe for us to contact you by the above methods then please contact us on 0800 587 2325 (between 8am - 6pm) and we’ll book an appointment for you.  We can see you within 24 hours and it doesn’t have to be in your home.

If you’re making an out of hours report and would like to talk to someone immediately, you can contact the 24-7 National Helpline on
0808 2000 247 or find a local support agencies here.

What happens next?

If you’ve provided a phone number or email address, you’ll receive a call from one of our ASB officers at your chosen time.

We take all reports of domestic abuse seriously and will treat your case confidentially.