Domestic abuse is ‘Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.’ It can include harassment, stalking, forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation.

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 can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Sexual
  • Physical
  • Financial
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Controlling

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts, such as taking control over aspects of someone’s everyday life, what they wear, not letting them leave the house or reading texts/letters/email.

 In an emergency, always dial – 999
To make a disclosure of domestic violence either for yourself or someone else contact Somerset Domestic Abuse Helpline or the Avon and Somerset Police:

Somerset Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 69 49 999
Avon and Somerset Police 101

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