Find further information about how to protect yourself, members of your family, friends or neighbours from being victims of abuse.
If you are a victim of Domestic Abuse (Domestic Violence) go to a safe place and ring 101 our operators will handle your call with compassion and care - Break the Cycle.
If you know someone who is suffering and need help ask them to call us on 101 and we will help them.
Domestic Abuse ruins lives - we can help you if you call us.
Domestic Abuse is psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional
The national definition of domestic abuse is: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional. [Find out more]
Child Sexual Exploitation
Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse where young people are forced or manipulated into sexual activity. The abuser may groom the young person into trusting them – this can be done face-to-face or online – they then exploit this trust for their own gain. Child sexual exploitation can take many forms and victims and criminals can be from any social or ethnic background.
Sometimes criminals may get the young person to engage in sexual activity by giving them attention, treats, alcohol, drugs or a place to stay; sometimes they may manipulate the young person into believing they are in a consensual relationship and that they love them. Either way, the young person is being taken advantage of through this controlling behaviour. It is child abuse and the victims face huge risks to their physical,emotional and psychological health. [Find out more]
Any incident where a person is targeted because of who they are is a hate crime. Whether the attack is verbal or physical, or targeted at a person or property, it is illegal and should be reported.
Whether it is you or someone you know that has been targeted, or you witness a hate crime taking place, call 101 or fill out the form on the site. In an emergency, please call 999. [Find out more]
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. FGM is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is also sometimes known as female circumcision or‘sunna’ [Find out more]
Some forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police, these include violence or assault, repeated harassment or intimidation, theft and hate crimes. Call 101 to report these matters, or if you are at immediate risk dial 999 and ask for the police.
Other forms of bullying are not police matters, but there are many charities and organisations that are there to help and support you. [Find out more]