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Domestic abuse

If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, contact the Police on 999 immediately.

Nationally, a new definition of domestic abuse and violence came into effect from 31 March 2013. The new definition is that domestic abuse or violence is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Controlling and Coercive behaviour
  • PhysicalSexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse or violence, find out how to report it and where to get help at www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse.

The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. 

Once you have reported it to the Police (or another agency) you can contact us by phone or make your report online. If you need to contact us urgently, please call us on 0345 345 0272.