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What is domestic abuse

The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is: “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.”

It isn’t always easy to recognise domestic abuse, even for those experiencing it first-hand. It often develops gradually over time. It can even start to feel normal and people can begin to accept the way they are being treated.

It’s important to be aware of the signs of abuse and to remember that it is never acceptable. Help is available. No one should have to face it alone.

Sutton Domestic Violence One Stop Shop

Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am, Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 1SN

Free drop-in service for anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse. Advice and support is available from a range of professionals

Victim Support

(London Victim Assessment and Referral Service)

Call 0808 168 9291 free for advice and support (Mon – Fri 8am–8pm, Sat 9am–5pm)

Police

Call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Call 101 at all other times or you can report online by clicking here.

Domestic abuse is a crime and the police take it very seriously and want you to report it.

For information on other organisations that can help, including if you’re worried about your own behaviour, click here.