Domestic violence and 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”.
Domestic abuse can take many disguises, it doesn’t just refer to bruises and broken bones: it is any type of controlling behaviour, whether this is physical, psychological, financial or sexual. Furthermore, it’s a myth that all perpetrators come from a family where abuse is the norm. Abuse happens in all kinds of communities and homes.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or you think someone you know is a victim, or at risk, please, report it. You can phone the 24 hour free helpline on 0808 800 0340 and the number will not show up on your phone’s history.
The Commissioner has co-commissioned a range of specialist support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Support for female survivors, young people and children is delivered by WAIS in the City, Ashfield, Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe; and Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid in Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood and Mansfield. Equation delivers specialist support for male survivors in the city and the county.
In addition to support services, the Commissioner has co-commissioned workforce development activity to embed domestic abuse awareness and knowledge in other agencies.
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