Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse ?

The government definition of domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive (to force someone to do something) 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
  • emotional 


For a more detailed definition of domestic violence and abuse please see visit 


Domestic abuse can:


  • happen to anyone, regardless of social group, class, age, race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or gender.
  • occur at any time in a relationship - separation is often the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship.
  • start or get worse during pregnancy, putting a pregnant woman and her unborn child in danger. 


Domestic abuse is about power and control and is rarely a one off incident; at its extreme it can result in murder with two women a week being killed by a current or former partner.

You can report incidents of domestic abuse to the Police. Police have a duty of care to you and your family. All reported incidents of domestic abuse will be recorded and investigated by Thames Valley Police which operate a positive intervention policy, enabling offenders to be held accountable for their actions.


Domestic Abuse Cue Card
Berks East cue card 2015.pdf
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'Loves Me, Loves Me Not’ leaflet aimed at young people 13-19 years old
Loves me loves me not - A4 version 2014 [...]
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Domestic Abuse Leaflet - The effects on children
For further information and contacts, please download this useful leaflet
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Useful Contacts:


Thames Valley Police  Emergency 999
non-emergency 101  

The Dash Charity (Formerly Berkshire East and South Bucks Women's Aid)
01753 549865

National Centre for Domestic Violence
Providing free, fast injunction service (24 hours)

0800 970 2070

Womens Aid 24hr National Helpline
0808 2000 247
Violence Helpline 

Forced Marriage Unit
020 7008 0151
020 7008 1500 (out of hours)   

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