Domestic Abuse

The Home Office definition of domestic abuse is "any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive 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

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”*

*This definition includes so called 'honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group."

For further information and advice contact:

Domestic Abuse Free Fone Support line (DAFFS) on 0800 69 49 999

National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247

The two numbers shown above will not appear on a BT landline bill. Other networks or mobiles cannot be guaranteed. 

Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9122 or visit the website of Somerset Survivors.

In an emergency call 999

To download an advice leaflet, please use the link on the right hand side of this page.