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Domestic abuse and sexual violence - help and support

What is domestic abuse

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Support during the coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak

The effect of the public health coronavirus crisis means that we are having to stay in our homes so life has drastically changed for all of us. However staying in our homes day by day can cause stress and anxiety for those who are at risk of domestic abuse.

If you are at risk of domestic abuse there is help and support available to you. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help. Please don't suffer alone.

Call 999 in an emergency

For organisations that can help please see our Domestic abuse - get help page.

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If you feel threatened or in danger at any time call 999 immediately.

Domestic abuse in Slough

Slough takes domestic abuse very seriously. Nobody should live their life in fear of abuse.

The council is committed to tackling all types of Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) as defined by the Home Office strategy in relation to VAWG.

Slough Borough Council, as a key partner of the multi-agency Safer Slough Partnership Board (SSPB), has adopted the government VAWG strategy as outlined above.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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.

This can include but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Family members are: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparents. They can be directly-related, in-laws or step-family.

A recent change in UK law recognises stalking and coercive control as domestic abuse. Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim's liberty or freedom and to strip away their sense of self. Stalking and coercive control are liable to prosecution.

There are no cultural or religious reasons for anyone to suffer domestic abuse and help is available through a wide range of local and national groups.

 

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