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Domestic Abuse Support

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. But it isn’t just physical violence – domestic abuse includes any emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.

It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers.

Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships. Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people.

Domestic abuse can happen in many different ways including:

  • Physical – hitting, punching, kicking, pushing, slapping
  • Emotional – threatening to hurt the other person, doing and sayings things to frighten the other person, swearing at them or saying things to make them feel bad
  • Sexual – doing or making someone do sexual things that they don’t want to
  • Financial – taking away the other person’s money, not giving the other person money when they need it or not letting them get a job.

Children or young person witnessing domestic violence in the home may be feeling very alone, frightened, depressed, confused and isolated.

If you are worried about a child or young person in Brent call the Brent Family Front Door 020 8937 4300.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

If you are experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, this is a free 24 hour helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge - 0808 2000 247.

Refuge

Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Women’s Aid

Women's Aid is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.