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Report domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is, we would prefer to speak to you:

However, if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, fill in the report a crime or incident form.

Immediate danger

If you feel in immediate danger, dial 999 straight away and wait in a safe place for the police to arrive.

Understand the types of domestic abuse

Physical abuse

This involves any physical abuse including shoving and pushing.

Verbal abuse

This involves putting you down using harsh or insulting language, or attempting to undermine your self-esteem.

Emotional abuse

Also known as coercive control, this involves repeatedly making a person feel bad, intimidated or scared through jealous and possessive behaviour. It can also include financial abuse such as controlling or withholding finances.

Mental abuse

This involves exposure to a traumatic situation or experience which results in psychological trauma, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder(PSD) or anxiety.

Sexual abuse

This includes being forced to have sex without your consent, engage in sexual activity against your will, unwanted touching or groping or being made to watch pornography.

For more information on signs of a healthy and unhealthy relationship, visit

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law)

Also known as Clare’s Law, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme gives you the right to make an application to the police to find out if your partner has a history of abuse.

You can make an application if you are worried someone you know may be in a relationship with an abusive partner.

To make an application, visit a police station or contact us on 101.

Help and support

For the victim

Find out what help, support and protection is available to victims of domestic abuse.

For the abuser

If you are concerned you or someone you know may be an abuser, you can contact Respect. Find out more about Respect.

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