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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and equally, anyone can be an abuser. So, it’s important you know how to spot the signs and know where to go for help and support.

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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any single or repeated incident where someone’s behaviour towards another is abusive and where the people involved are aged 16 years or over and/or have been personally connected to each other; regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can involve, but is not limited to physical, emotional, sexual, financial, threatening, controlling and/or coercive behaviour.

Children are recognised as victims of domestic abuse if they see, hear, or experience the effects of abuse between two personally connected individuals who are aged 16 or over. However, abusive behaviour directed at a person under the age of 16 is child abuse rather than domestic abuse.

Getting help and support

You don’t have to put up with domestic abuse. Don’t wait for an emergency situation to get help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it’s important you tell someone.

You’re not alone, our Housing Officers are trained to deal with disclosures and can help you find support. They regularly visit schemes so you can stop and talk to them or get in touch:

01782 744533

Alternatively, contact the domestic abuse charity Respect, which has information and support services.


Getting help and support

Support for older people

Support if you're disabled

Getting Help And Support To Change Your Behaviour

Other ways to get support
New Era
Domestic abuse helpline
Male domestic abuse advice line
LGBTQ+ support
Forced marriage line
Honour-based abuse support

Glow is a charity on a mission to end relationship abuse, campaigning for change and providing support throughout Staffordshire and the surrounding areas.

  • 0330 0945 559 (Staffordshire)
  • 0133 2985 111 (Derbyshire)

Offering help to all those affected by domestic abuse in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent, New Era provides free and confidential support for victims, perpetrators, and their families. 

  • 0300 303 3778 (Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire)

  • 0808 2000 247
  • helpline@womensaid.org.uk

  • 0808 8010 327
  • info@mensadviceline.org.uk

  • 0800 999 5428
  • help@galop.org.uk

  • 020 7008 0151
  • fmu@fcdo.gov.uk

  • 0800 5999 247
  • karmanirvana.org.uk/get-help

Is your behaviour hurting someone you love?

Don't let it cost you your relationship

Do you recognise yourself in any of these behaviours?

  1. When we argue I shout and they're scared of me
  2. When I see my partner talking to someone else I get jealous and hit them
  3. I promised I would never slap them again, but I did. 

Help is available:

Respect phoneline
0800 8024040

*In an emergency call 999
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