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Support for domestic abuse

Support for domestic abuseDomestic abuse is any controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are intimate partners or family members or have been in the past. It can happen to anyone of any gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality or social background. It can also happen in same-sex couples and affects both male and female partners. Children living in a home with domestic abuse suffer long-term effects and are also recognised as victims of abuse. It might be hard to recognise the signs of abuse or not realise you are being abused. Asking yourself if you feel afraid of that person is a good starting point. Always remember you are not to blame, that you are not alone and that help is available at Domestic Abuse Support in Kent.

If you feel uncomfortable, pressurised, threatened or have been attacked don't wait, ask for help now. You can also speak to Kent Police on the non-emergency telephone number 101, but if you are at immediate risk, call 999.

Going through any type of abuse alone can be scary, emotionally draining and upsetting. You may feel powerless or feel there’s no way out. You are not alone, there are people and services out there who can help you but you need to tell someone in order for them to help you.

Talk to your teen about the risk of abuse within relationships to help them learn how to stay safe. You can find more support on our ‘relationship and sexual health’ page.

Useful resources

  • Contact your health visitor, Kent School Health or call your GP.
  • If you identify as LGBTQ+ you can call Galop on 0800 999 5428 for emotional and practical support.
  • Domestic Abuse Support in Kent has more information about local support for domestic abuse.
  • Women can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247), and men the Men’s Advice Line (0808 8010327) for free at any time, day or night.
  • Children and young people can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. Calls are free and confidential. You can also get information at Childline online.