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Experiencing domestic abuse?

If you think you are experiencing domestic abuse then please contact Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Helpline on

 0808 80 20 028

What is domestic abuse?

The Home Office defined domestic abuse as:

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

Research shows that domestic violence is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. However, anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of race, ethnicity or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle.

Domestic Violence can also take place in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender relationships and can involve other family members including children.

This definition, which is not a legal 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.

What is controlling and coercive behaviour?

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.

Further information is available at https://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/domestic-violence-definition

What is Clare’s Law?

Clare’s Law was introduced in England and Wales on International Women’s Day 2014 and named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her former partner. Also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), Clare’s Law allows women to ask the police if a partner has past convictions for abusive behaviour.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders were also introduced at the same time, designed to provide protection for women in the immediate aftermath of an attack. Conditions are imposed on the perpetrator that can prevent further contact.

If you would like to talk to someone if you feel you are in an abusive relationship please contact

National Domestic Violence Free 24 hour Helpline 0800 2000 247