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Domestic Abuse

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 abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

'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 a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Organisation that can help:

  1. Advance - Domestic Violence Charity 020 8960 7016 Visit website
  2. Domestic Violence Intervention Project  020 7928 4813 info@dvip.org Visit website
  3. National Centre for Domestic Violence 0800 970 2070 office@ncdv.org.uk Visit website
  4. DVIP: Al-Aman - Men's Service Support for Domestic Violence Victims. 172 KING STREET, LONDON, London, W6 0QU Visit website
  5. Woman's Trust Counselling and Support Service 111-117, LANCASTER ROAD, LONDON, London, W11 1QT 020 7034 0304 admin@womanstrust.org.uk Visit website
  6. Solace Women's Aid UNIT 5-7 BLENHEIM COURT, 62 BREWERY ROAD, LONDON, London, N7 9NY 0808 802 5565 (freephone) advice@solacewomensaid.org; Visit website
  7. Angelou Angelou is a partnership of nine specialist organisations that support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence and harmful practices across the tri-boroughs.
  8. MARAC MARAC stands for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference and is a local, multi-agency victim-focused meeting where information is shared on the highest risk cases of domestic violence and abuse between different statutory and voluntary sector agencies.  This meeting is held once a month and representatives from all lead agencies, statutory and voluntary attend the meeting.  Contact Advance (see above) for advice around referral.
  9. North London Rape Crisis North London Rape Crisis works with women over the age of 14 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life. Please complete the referral form before booking your first appointment.
  10. Dogs Trust provide temporary foster care for dogs belonging to women fleeing domestic violence in Greater London and Yorkshire. Volunteer foster carers will care for your dog in their own home until you are in a position to be reunited.
  11. Southall Black Sisters We are a group of black and minority women with years of experience of struggling for women’s human rights in the UK. Although based locally, our work has a national reach.
  12. Sistah Space is a safe venue dedicated to African & Caribbean victims/survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. it is staffed and managed by volunteers. 


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