What is domestic abuse?
Always call 999 if you or someone else is in danger or a crime is in progress. Call 101 for non-emergency advice from the police.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can mean any kind of violent, threatening or controlling behaviour between people in a relationship.
Domestic abuse can be:
It can include so-called ‘honour-based’ violence or abuse such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. If you’re experiencing domestic abuse you should get help immediately.
Remember that you are not to blame – never be afraid to ask for help and support.
Read the legal definition of domestic abuse in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Page last updated: 8 June 2023