Domestic abuse is abuse from a current or previous partner. It doesn't have to mean violence. Your partner may say threatening or hurtful things, or try to control how you behave. You have the right to live free from abuse.
If you feel threatened or if you or your children are in danger, phone
You need to think about looking after your physical and mental health. There can be some options and support from specialist services and organisations. They can help you identify these options and support you to make informed and safe decisions. For example, you might wish to
- leave home temporarily or permanently
- talk to a family member, friend or specialist organisation
- stay, accepting that your partner or ex-partner won't change
- stay, with the hope that your partner or ex-partner will change
- take legal action by contacting the police or using the law to protect you.
Find out about legal help, homelessness and money.
The police treat domestic abuse as high priority. If you report an assault, the police will investigate and contact your partner. The police will press charges if there is enough evidence.
You can search for local domestic abuse support services and download the safety planning booklet for practical advice.
If you are concerned about someone at risk of harm, find out how to protect someone from harm.