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Domestic violence

  • Can be threatening behaviour
  • Can be violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) that takes place in intimate or family-type relationships
  • Can happens across all ages, social class, race, gender, sexualities and disability.
  • Women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence but men can be victims too.
  • In 90 per cent of domestic violence incidents, children or young people are in the same or next room. 
  • All children or young people witnessing domestic violence are being emotionally abused. 

There are many signs of domestic violence including: verbal abuse, pressure tactics, disrespect, breaking trust, isolation, harassment, threats, sexual violence and physical violence. The abuser will often deny the abuse is happening.    

Support for people in abusive relationships

Useful resources

  • London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
  • the National Domestic Violence helpline; 0808 2000247 The free 24-hour service is run in partnership by Women's Aid and Refuge. 

  • For a man experiencing domestic abuse they can call the Men's Advice Line free on 0808 801 0327 or Mankind on 01823 334 244.

  •  East London Rape Crisis Centre for free confidential advice and support on 020 7683 1210.

  • For LGBT+ people The London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) is open to all LGBT+ persons living or working in London who are experiencing domestic violence or abuse. For more information call 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428.
  • Deaf victims of domestic violence can receive advocacy and outreach support from Deaf Hope call by telephoning 020 8772 3241 or email:

  • For help stopping being violent and abusive to their partner call: Respect on 0808 802 4040.

  • Women in Prison offers advice and support to women affected by the criminal justice system. Contact 0800 953 0125 for assistance.


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