Domestic abuse - what is it?
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Domestic abuse is the misuse of power and control by one person over another.
It can begin at any time, can be obvious or subtle and can happen suddenly or gradually. It can happen to anyone regardless of class, age, race, religion, culture, disability, sexual orientation or lifestyle.
Forms of domestic abuse include:
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Abuse, of any kind, is never acceptable.
If you are being abused, or if you want to talk to someone about a situation you are unsure about, we have dedicated domestic abuse officers who will help and advise you. Call 101 for help and guidance. In an emergency call 999.
Alternatively, please complete the 101 contact form if you prefer to email your query.
You can also go to our Help and support page, which will provide details of helplines and support agencies.