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Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a personal or family relationship. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in personal relationships, but the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members, such as adolescent to parent violence and abuse.

It can include aspects of physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and psychological abuse to maintain power and control over another person. Coercive control is a type of domestic abuse that doesn’t necessarily result in physical violence and is recognised as a criminal offence. Abusive behaviour can occur even after a relationship has ended.

Honour based violence is used to describe a type of abuse perpetrated by family members in the name of so-called ‘honour’.

If someone is experiencing domestic abuse they may feel alone and believe they are to blame in some way. They may feel ashamed, scared, isolated, confused, afraid about not being believed or that the abuse will get worse if they report it.

Do not suffer in silence, there are people who can help. If you are in immediate danger call 999.

For further information and support:

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership provides additional information on Domestic Abuse, as well as further information on who you can contact. Please visit

24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline – 0808 2000 247

What support is there for people who are experiencing domestic abuse?

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership have produced a number of short films available in alternative languages with voiceovers in Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian explaining what support is available for people experiencing domestic abuse.

Cambridgeshire Deaf Association have also recorded the films in British Sign Language which can be accessed on YouTube

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