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Domestic Abuse

Every child deserves a safe and secure home, however around 1 in 5 children have been exposed to domestic abuse and witnessing this can have long-term effects on children and young people.

So what is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behavior between people in a relationship.  This can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse.

It is important to remember that domestic abuse:-

  • can happen inside and outside the home
  • can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
  • both men and women can be abused or abusers
  • can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social networking sites.

For more information on the types, effects and signs of domestic abuse please visit:-

Where can I get help?

To make a disclosure of domestic abuse for either yourself or someone else, please contact:-

  • Essex Police Domestic Abuse Central Referral Unit on 101 extension 180340
  • Essex Police Domestic Abuse - non emergency number - 0800 358 0351

Or visit:-

Further information and support

For Female Victims of Domestic Abuse:-


For Male Victims of Domestic Abuse:-


For Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) victims


Disability Support Groups


For perpetrators of domestic abuse


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