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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is defined as:

“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 are family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

This includes: Psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, stalking, So-called ‘honour’-based or ‘honour’ violence and forced marriage and Female genital mutilation”

In 2008 the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined its understanding of sexual violence as

“any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic someone’s sexuality, using coercion, threats of harm, or physical force, by any person regardless of relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work”.

If you are in danger, please call the Police on 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency. If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55

Safer Futures offers advice and support to men, women, young people and children impacted by Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse. You will be supported by experienced Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence professionals and advocates, who will help you access the most appropriate intervention and recovery services.

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