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 family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”
This abuse can be, but is not limited to:
If you, or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse then it is important you report it as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from domestic abuse remember:
- you are not to blame
- you are not alone
- there are specialist services that can help you.
Report domestic abuse
In an emergency please call the police on 999.
For non emergencies please call the police on 101.
24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (opens new window) (advice and support, including refuge search)
Call: 0808 2000 247 (freephone)
Men's Advice Line (opens new window) provides advice and support for heterosexual, gay, bisexual and trans men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Call: 0808 801 0327 (freephone)
Rape Crisis (opens new window) works with women over the age of 14 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.
Call: 0808 802 9999 (freephone)
The Angelou Partnership (opens new window) supports women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence or harmful practices in Westminster.
Call: 0808 801 0660 (freephone- lines open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm).
Sanctuary scheme (opens new window) is a free scheme for anyone living in Westminster which aims to increase housing options for victims of domestic abuse.
We offer specialist advice, which may include referrals to external agencies to help you find emergency accommodation or just general guidance and support, depending on your needs. For more information, contact us.