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Domestic abuse is the abuse of a person physically, sexually, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, socially or financially within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.

This can include forced marriage and so-called 'honour crimes'. Domestic abuse is also known as domestic violence. (Adapted from the Women’s Aid definition of domestic violence)

A perpetrator of domestic abuse chooses to behave in abusive ways in order to develop and maintain power over and control of their victim.

Women

If you think you may be in an abusive situation, there is help out there, whether you are based in the UK or internationally. You have a right to life without abuse; you are precious and can be Restored. Life doesn’t have to be this way. There is another, better, way.

Being Restored and getting free from abuse can take a long time and seeking help can be the first step in doing this.

If you are in the UK you can contact the National Domestic Violence hotline 0808 2000 247. It’s a free and confidential service available 24 hours a day, or check out their website.

Men

If you as a man are worried about your behaviour towards you partner, or if you are violent or abusive and want to stop and be set free, seek help now. The first thing you can do is to stop the violence right now. Life can be better. In the UK you can contact Respect on 0808 802 4040 or go to the website.

Male Victims 

Male victims of domestic violence can call the Men’s Advice line in the UK on 0808 801 0327 or go to their website or more information, or send them an email.

If you are currently experiencing domestic abuse, you can find help in this section.