Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is very common and can ruin lives. The police estimate that they get a call every minute from someone who is a victim of domestic abuse.

The term refers to threats, violence or abuse between people who have a relationship with each other (or have had in the past).

Domestic violence happens between people who are in, or have been in a relationship, or are family members.

Domestic abuse can take different forms.

Physical abuse: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.

Sexual abuse: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.

Financial abuse: Taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.

Emotional/psychological abuse: Making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games.

If you are the victim of domestic abuse or are worried about someone else then the below organisations can help.

External support agencies

Advice, support and safety for people experiencing domestic and sexual abuse in Sheffield

Helpline: 0808 808 2241
Victim Support logoIf you’ve been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, we can help you find the strength to deal with what you’ve been through

Helpline: 0845 30 30 900
galop logoEmotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical – it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too.

Helpline: 0800 999 5428
Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children and support a network of over 300 dedicated specialist domestic violence services across the UK.

Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Confidential support for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner (or ex-partner).

Helpline: 0808 801 0327