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:
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.
You can find help and support:
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.
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
National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247
Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)
0800 999 5428
Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
GRASAC (Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)
16 DAYS OF ACTION
Each year Gloucestershire participates in the International 16 days of action against gender-based violence; starting on the 25th November (International day for the elimination of violence against women) and ending on 10th December (Human rights day).
Further information is available at www.glostakeastand.com, including details of the campaign and how you can get involved in raising awareness of the issue.