What is domestic abuse?
Domestic Abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse 
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online or digital abuse
If you are not sure if you are in an abusive relationship, use the link below to look at the questions Women’s Aid suggest you should consider (this can be used by men and women):
If you are the victim of Domestic Abuse, and you are also someone in need or care and support (care and support needs includes:- learning disabilities, physical or sensory disabilities, mental ill health problems, frailty due to age, adults with dementia, those with acquired brain injuries, adults with drug or alcohol problems, adults with sensory disabilities and those with some types of physical illnesses (not exhaustive list) then safeguarding procedures may be implemented when the abuse is bought to the attention of a professional such as a social worker or a health care worker or the police (although you do not have to report this to the police if you don’t want to, but you may be encouraged to do so).
For further information and support:
The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership brings together key agencies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the aim of reducing the harm, risks and costs associated with domestic abuse and sexual violence and to prevent these crimes occurring across Cambridgeshire.
Use their website to find information about domestic abuse and sexual violence, including advice leaflets and how to access local services.
24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline – 0808 2000 247
What support is there for people who are experiencing domestic abuse?
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership have produced a number of short films available in alternative languages with voiceovers in Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian explaining what support is available for people experiencing domestic abuse. Cambridgeshire Deaf Association have also recorded the films for us in British Sign Language which can be accessed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvA8lxUtXHpYnOADUxUA-7g