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What is the definition of domestic violence and abuse?

Domestic violence and abuse can take many forms. It can be psychological, physical, sexual, emotional or financial control. It can be a “one off” incident or a pattern of controlling or forceful behaviour and can affect children as well as adults.

If you feel any of these apply to you, there is help available to make sure you and your children stay safe.

In an emergency, call 999

But you don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. You can:

Men suffering from domestic violence or abuse can get help and support from Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 or Mankind on 01823 334 244.

If you’re affected by forced marriage or “honour” crimes, contact Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 or The Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151.

Broken Rainbow UK provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Help is also available from Respect on 0808 802 4040 for people responsible for domestic abuse to help stop the violence and change abusive behaviours.

For further support on domestic abuse or violence, have information and articles for survivors of domestic abuse and advice from domectic violence/abuse experts.

The Survivor’s Handbook from the charity Women’s Aid is free and provides information on a wide range of issues such as housing, money, helping your children and your legal rights. The handbook is available as a downloadable PDF in 11 languages.

Further help and information

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    Victim Support

    Victim Support provides emotional and practical support to anyone affected by domestic abuse, or any other crime. Call the Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111.

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    The Family Law Panel

    Talk to a specialist solicitor for free who will guide you through your options - The Family Law Panel is part of the OnlyMums & OnlyDads social enterprise, helping you and your family to make the right choices.