Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is any violence or abuse that occurs between current or former partners in an intimate or family relationship.

Types of abuse can include:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • emotional
  • financial abuse - preventing access to money
  • stopping someone form leaving the home
  • threats or abuse towards children or pets
  • damaging possessions
  • honour-based violence
  • forced marriage
  • female genital mutilation

It is more common than you might think. As many as one in three women and one in six men experience abuse in their relationship.

Download our domestic abuse strategy (PDF 89.4KB) (2016-2020) to find out how we plan to tackle the issue.

If you would like to find out more about domestic abuse, please visit Domestic Abuse Representative Scheme (link opens in new window) for more detailed advice and information on services which are available to offer support.


Telephone: 0300 300 8302


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