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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse (also called domestic violence) happens when one person hurts or bullies another person who is or was their partner or who is in the same family. It can happen either when people live together or separately, and can also happen after a relationship has finished.


Although domestic abuse happens mostly between adults, young people can be affected by the abuse that they see and hear, and they can be hurt or bullied as part of domestic abuse between adults. You may also experience abuse from your own boy/girlfriend.


Domestic abuse can be:



  • constantly putting a person down
  • constantly checking where someone is
  • stopping someone from seeing their friends or family
  • stopping someone from having a job



  • hitting, pushing, kicking, pinching
  • throwing or smashing things
  • making threats to hurt someone



  • making someone do sexual things that they don’t want to do
  • rape



  • not giving them any money
  • checking what someone spends money on
  • stopping them from working
  • taking all their money from them



If someone in your family is abusive, remember it’s not your fault.


If this is happening in your family, remember that you are not alone - there are people that can help you and your family. Everyone has the right to be and feel safe.



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How to get help



Refuge - Freephone 24 hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247


Support for young people


Support for children




To make a disclosure of domestic violence either for yourself or someone else contact Essex Police’s Domestic Abuse Central Referral Unit: 101 extension 180340. Or Essex Police's domestic abuse non-emergency number 0800 358 0351.