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:
For a more detailed definition of domestic violence and abuse please see visit www.gov.uk/domestic-violence-and-abuse
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.
Thames Valley Police Emergency 999
The Dash Charity (Formerly Berkshire East and South Bucks Women's Aid)
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 www.womensaid.org.uk
Forced Marriage Unit
020 7008 0151
020 7008 1500 (out of hours)