Domestic violence is defined as controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour or violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. It includes psychological, physical, financial, sexual, emotional abuse and stalking.
Forced marriage is also domestic abuse. The internet and social media can be used in domestic abuse which can include cyberbullying, posting revenge porn and online stalking. Domestic abuse can also include forced marriage, female genital mutilation, so-called ‘honor’ based abuse ‘ and abuse of elderly family members.
It’s not always obvious to acknowledge or see domestic abuse when it’s happening, but if somebody in your family uses bullying or violence to get another adult to do what they want, this can be domestic violence. And although, a higher percentage of domestic abuse is carried out by men against women, men also suffer abuse by women, and can also be common in same-sex relationships.
If you are the victim of Domestic abuse, you can apply for an injunction. An injunction is a court order that can protect you, you may decide to apply for a non-molestation order that can protect you and your children from harm or threats, by the person responsible for the abuse. You can also decide who can live in the family home, or enter the surrounding area; this is called an occupation order.
For more information, download our PDF Factsheet
For more information on Injunctions, download this PDF Factsheet
If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.
We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.
Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:
Crime Prevention Information
Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention
Staffordshire Womans Aid (Refuge)
24 hour helpline / refuge accommodation for victims of domestic abuse
Specialist support for victims of domestic violence in Staffordshire
Is it an emergency?
If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999. If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. if you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101
If you feel unsafe isolating at home, or feel isolated from your friends, family or support network during the lockdown, download this PDF Factsheet
7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.