Domestic violence

Domestic violence is hurt caused by your partner or ex-partner, or another member of your household. It doesn't matter what race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender including transgender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or religion a person may have or be. It can happen to anyone. 

Domestic violence could be:

  • physical violence, such as hitting
  • emotional or psychological control and abuse - making you feel like it is your fault or you've done something wrong
  • sexual violence and abuse
  • financial control and other controlling behaviours, which can include forced marriage and 'honour crimes'
  • stopping you from going out or talking to other people

How we can help
If you are experiencing any of the above it's important to remember that you didn't make this happen. Anything you tell us will be confidential and we won't ask you to prove it. You will speak to a trained member of staff who is the same sex as you. Together we will agree what you want to do next. We won't make you do anything you don't want to. We can also provide you with:

  • a panic alarm in your home
  • an emergency mobile phone
  • extra security equipment like a safe letterbox or extra door and window security
  • extra security lighting