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 can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse; psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional”.
Domestic Abuse is an under reported crime, with only an estimated 40% of cases reported to the Police. It has more repeat victims than any other crime and is estimated to affect one in four women and one in six men. On average two women are killed a week by their current or ex partner. Research suggests that exposure to domestic abuse at a young age may be problematic for a child’s development. It could result in future violent behaviour, criminal activity and increased risk of emotional needs in later life. Not recognising an unhealthy, controlling and inappropriate relationship can lead to a child being potentially vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse please contact:
West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Service – 0800 731 0055
Women’s Aid (National 24hrs) – 0808 2000 247
Police-101 (non emergency) or 999
For men experiencing abuse you can call any of the numbers above or
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them.
Telephone – 0300 999 5428
For more information on local and national domestic abuse services please see the service directory below. Or visit http://www.reducingtherisk.org.uk/cms/content/information-and-advice-west-Berkshire