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What is domestic & sexual violence?

Domestic Violence is when your partner or a family member abuses you emotionally, physically, sexually or financially. It can be one single incident or repeated abuse but usually it is a pattern of behaviour. If you feel intimidated by or frightened of your partner to the point where you feel that you have to change your behaviour you may be experiencing domestic violence.


Sexual Violence includes child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, prostitution, female genital mutilation and rape. Whenever it happened, whether repeated or a single incident, if it’s against your will it’s not acceptable. We’re here to help.


If you feel that your partner is intimidating you, if you’re afraid that your partner’s reaction will be aggressive or if you have been affected by sexual abuse then pick up the phone and call the Solace Women’s Aid advice service on 0808 802 5565.


In an emergency call the police on 999.