What is domestic abuse?
Women's Aid defines domestic abuse as 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.
Sadly it is very common and has increased since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our domestic abuse policy
We are committed to supporting anyone living in our homes who is experiencing domestic abuse.
By following our domestic abuse policy, we can take rapid action to help anyone being abused.
Meet our domestic abuse champion
Olivia, our access and support manager, has been appointed as our domestic abuse champion. This means she is leading our efforts to tackle domestic abuse and help those facing it.
How to get support
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is support available.
Or contact the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which features a team of highly-trained, female advisers that can support you to increase your safety. You can call them on 0808 2000 247, or chat with them on the Refuge website.
Being a victim of domestic abuse does not put you at risk of becoming homeless. If you are unable to enter your home for any reason or are threatened with homelessness, please contact your local council's Applicant Services (Housing Needs) immediately.
If you are in an emergency situation, please call 999.