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Domestic Abuse

Everyone has the right to live free from abuse and fear.  If you are experiencing domestic abuse you may feel frightened, alone and confused.  Please know that you are not to blame and you are not alone. Help and support is available.

Domestic abuse can be threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) that takes place in an intimate or family type relationships. It happens across all ages, social class, race, gender, sexualities and disability. Women are more likely to be victims of domestic abuse, but men can be victims too.

Children are also deeply affected by domestic abuse. In 90 percent of domestic abuse incidents, children or young people are in the same or next room. They may also see a parent bruised or upset after an argument. All children or young people witnessing domestic abuse are being emotionally abused.

There are many signs of domestic abuse including: verbal abuse, pressure tactics, disrespect, breaking trust, isolation, harassment, threats, sexual violence and physical violence.

This page aims to provide both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse with guidance information and links to the services available to help.

In an emergency, always call 999.

This section of the Family Services Directory is produced and maintained by FiND and partners on the Domestic Abuse Forum in Redbridge. 


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