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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.

Current Sutton Domestic Abuse Services

The Sutton Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop will remain OPEN following the new restrictions coming into place on Thursday 5 November 2020. People are able to leave their homes to visit the One Stop Shop and get the support they need.

Our Independent Domestic Abuse Advisers (IDVAs) are available to offer face-to-face support and guidance to help you at drop-in sessions at Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 1SN on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am – 11.30am.

The drop-in sessions will be conducted with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

You can also complete an online referral into support by visiting:  https://www.cranstoun.org/services/domestic-abuse/transform-sutton/

Victim Support

London Victim Assessment and Referral Service

Call 0808 168 9291 free for advice and support.

Opening times: Mon – Fri 8am–8pm and Sat 9am–5pm.

You can talk to them about domestic abuse and other crimes. This number is for South London including Beddington, Belmont, Carshalton, Cheam, Hackbridge, St Helier, Rosehill, Sutton, Wallington and Worcester Park.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Call 0808 2000 247  free 24 hour helpline.

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.

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