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What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is a serious issue which results in two women dying every week. We know that approximately one in four women, and one in six men are likely to suffer from domestic violence at some point in their lives.
The terms 'domestic violence' or 'domestic abuse' can have many different meanings and interpretations. East Cambridgeshire District Council uses the Home Office definition:
"Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality."
This means that it is not limited to physical abuse only, and that we are not making the assumption that all victims are women, or that all perpetrators are men. Rather domestic abuse is something that can affect people regardless of their age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth or geography.
Some people can also be affected indirectly by domestic abuse. For instance, children and young people who live in the same house can often be traumatised by what they see or hear. We also know that there are strong links between domestic abuse and child abuse.
What can I do if I think I am suffering domestic abuse?
Many people do not tell anyone about the abuse that they are suffering. Unfortunately, domestic abuse usually continues to happen, and gets worse as time goes by.
Domestic abuse is a crime, and you have the right to be protected from it. You will probably feel apprehensive or scared of telling someone about what is happening to you. There are many organisations who are specialists in dealing with domestic abuse, and who will be sensitive and understanding of your case. They will be able to help you stop abuse from continuing to happen.
We have therefore put together a Directory of Services for those people who are affected by Domestic Abuse. You can use it to find out more information about organisations who can help you overcome domestic abuse. Please use the links below to access the directory.
Remember that if you or your children are in immediate danger, that you should call 999 immediately.
If you would like more information about what is happening in East Cambridgeshire to tackle domestic abuse then please contact East Cambridgeshire District Council Domestic Violence Partnerships Manager on 07789 920 401.
Domestic Violence Directory
Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have collaborated (on behalf of the Southern Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse Task Group) to produce a directory that lists contact details of organisations that can help you or someone you know who is being affected by domestic violence.
You can access the directory via the following link:
Further help and advice:
Women’s Aid, Tel: 0808 2000 247, can help you find a refuge and/or advise you what to do in your situation.
National Centre for domestic violence, Tel: 0844 8044 999, can help obtain injunctions to keep you and your family safe as survivors of domestic abuse.
ManKind Initiative, Tel: 01823 334244. Mon to Fri 10:00am, 4:00pm to 7:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm, free confidential advice for male victims of domestic violence.
Men’s Advice Line (for male victims of domestic abuse/violence), Tel: 0808 801 0327, free from landlines and most mobiles.