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Domestic Violence

This is when people who you are in an intimate relationship with, or is a family member does things to hurt you.

Domestic violence happens when one adult uses their power and control over another adult.

This can include:

  • Physical abuse

  • Emotional abuse

  • Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation

  • Financial abuse

  • Forced Marriage - A forced marriage is where one ot both people do not (or in some cases cannot) consent to the marriage, and pressure or abuse is used.

  • Honour based violence - is a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour or the family and/or community.

  • Female Genital Mutilation - FGM is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.Its also known as female circumcision, cutting or sunna.

Who does domestic violence and abuse affect?

Domestic abuse is very common and affects one in four women in their lifetime. Although most victims of domestic abuse are women and most abusers are men, domestic abuse can affect anyone.


  • People who live with their partner
  • People who dont live with their partner
  • Married and unmarried people
  • Children and parents
  • Women and men
  • Younger and older people
  • Hetrosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people
  • People with disabilities
  • People from any culture or social group

Who can I contact if I am experiencing domestic violence and abuse?

If you are a victim of domestic abuse always remember you are not to blame and not alone.

In Wolverhampton you can:

  • Phone 551199 - and tell the operator what is happening to you, this is the councils safeguarding helpline.
  • Call the Police - phone 999 in an emergency or phone 101 if you dont feel safe but are not in immediate danger
  • Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum WDVF on 01902 555643
  • Haven 08000 194 400

Click here for the Domestic Abuse Safety Planning Leaflet 

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