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Domestic abuse and sexual violence

What is domestic abuse and sexual violence?

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 include, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.

What can I do

Domestic abuse or sexual violence is a crime and should be reported to the police – there are also other organisations who can offer you help and support.

Call 999 if it is an emergency or you are in immediate danger.

The police take domestic abuse and sexual violence seriously and will be able to help protect you.

Contact your local neighbourhood policing team if it is not an emergency https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/stroud/

If you, or someone you know, are affected by domestic abuse there are a number of organisations that can help you:

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service

0845 602 9035

www.gdass.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)

0800 999 5428

www.galop.org.uk

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

www.mensadviceline.org.uk

 

GRASAC (Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)

01452 526770

www.glosrasac.org

This page was last updated: 9 August 2017

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