"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.
Whatever form it takes it is rarely a one-off incident and should instead be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim. If left unchallenged it can become more frequent and severe.
Family members are defined as Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister and Grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step family.
This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
This could involve:
If you answer yes to any of the above, you may be living with domestic abuse.
Do you need help or know anyone who does?
If you are in a violent or abusive relationship or if you know or are supporting somebody in that situation, don’t suffer in silence, help is available from the agencies listed below:
For emergencies call the Police by dialling 999, they will respond, investigate and assist you.
For non-emergency numbers call 101.
National Domestic Violence Helpline Number
(FREEPHONE) 0808 2000 247
24 hour service
See also: National Domestic Violence Website
Lighthouse Women’s Aid: 24 hour helpline (for confidential advice): 01473 745111
Suffolk County Council – Domestic abuse help and advice
The Ferns - sexual assault referral centre - One stop location offering medical care and emotional support to any victim of sexual assault and rape
0300 123 5058
Suffolk Rape Crisis (Women and girls only) helpline
Karma Nirvana - ‘Honour’ Based Violence, Forced Marriage,
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
NSPCC - New Free FGM 24hr advice and support
Polish Domestic Violence Helpline
Polish: Telefony zaufania Lister powyżej dostępne są również w języku polskim i litewskim
Lithuanian: Linijoms Lister aukščiau taip pat yra lenkų, lietuvių
The helplines listed above are available in Polish and Lithuanian.
(Men’s Advice Line and Enquiries)
A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse and violence from their partners or ex-partners.
0808 801 0327
Victim Support - Support line 0808 16 89 111
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
Freephone 0800 999 5428
Suffolk Gay and Lesbian Helpline
(FREEPHONE) 0300 330 0630
0800 555 111
Help for young people
NSPCC National Helpline
0800 8000 5000
People with concerns about their partner’s history are able to request background information from Suffolk police.
The aim of this scheme is to give you a formal mechanism to make inquiries about your partner if you are worried that they may have been abusive in the past.
How do I make an application?
An application can only be made by contacting the police