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, is domestic abuse.

Types of Domestic Abuse

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This definition also includes ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.


What will we do?

We will investigate incidents of Domestic Abuse promptly. The needs of the victim shall be the primary concern and the health and safety of the victim the first priority.

The Association will:

  • Support victims at risk of, or experiencing, Domestic Abuse
  • Work in partnership with other agencies (police, local authorities)
  • Encourage early reporting of incidents to avoid escalation
  • Make the necessary referrals to external agencies

Please do not hesitate to contact your Housing Officer or any member of staff to report an incident on 01442 292300.

Other Help


In an emergency always call 999.

In a non-emergency always call 101.

Victim Support:

National Centre for Domestic Violence  is an independent organisation which provides free and confidential support, legal injunction advice and information to help people cope with the effects of Domestic Abuse.  Call 0844 8044 999 to speak to the victim care team. Or text for help TEXT “NCDV” on 60777.

Local Authority

Please contact any local authority to make a homeless application or to access a refuge.

Women’s Aid

Please contact Women’s Aid  to help with accommodation if you are unable to return to your home.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247