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Domestic abuse

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If you are being abused by a partner, ex-partner or family member you can get free and confidential advice from:

Domestic abuse is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour. Your partner, ex-partner or family member may want to control every aspect of your life from where you go, who you see and what you spend. It affects all types of gender, age, religious belief, sexual orientation, race and disability.

The Government defines domestic abuse as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members.

Children and domestic abuse

It is emotionally damaging for children to live in a home where there is domestic abuse. People experiencing domestic abuse often worry what will happen to their children if they disclose it to someone. You will be supported to ensure that they are protected from the effects. There is help for you and your children to be safe and reduce the risk.

Clare's Law - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

On 8 March 2014, across England and Wales, all Police forces launched the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law. This scheme enables members of the public to have a “Right to ask” police if their current partner poses a risk to them in terms of their history of domestic abuse. 

The scheme also enables professionals to raise a “Right to know” request through the police where they feel a person may be at risk of domestic abuse by an individual whose criminal history is unknown to the partner, but where they have some reasonable concern/knowledge about the individual’s past.

A right to ask can also be made by a third person e.g. a parent/relative/friend who is concerned. In these cases if a disclosure is to be made, it will only be made to the person who needs to know i.e. the victim.

For more information please:

Online safety when viewing this site

If someone you know is abusing you, you may not want them to know that you have been looking at this site. If that person can use the same computer as you, it is possible for them to see how you've been using the internet.

The only certain way to prevent someone else finding out what web pages you have been viewing is to use a computer which they do not have access to; this could be at a local library, a friend's house, or an internet cafe.

Using your home computer safely

If you've no choice but to use your home computer to look at our website, please do the following to help cover your tracks.

  • Switch on safe or private mode in your web browser so when you close the browser your site history of what you've been looking at will automatically be deleted
  • Delete your web browser's history and cache. To find out how: look in the 'help' menu of your browser programme or search on Google - there are of step-by-step guides
  • If you update your computer, for example installing a new web browser or updating to the latest version - you may need to reset your settings.

The following links should offer a useful starting point.