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Domestic abuse

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.

Devon and Cornwall Police provide additional information on Domestic Abuse, as well as further information on who you can contact. Please visit 


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



Getting help


Provides support to improve safety, signpost to other services and aid your recovery from the impact of domestic abuse. They offer 1-to-1 victim support, survivor groups, support for children, and perpetrator programmes.

0345 155 1074

Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) - Sanctuary Supported Living

Provides practical, non-judgemental support, advice and protection for all victims of domestic abuse on the Torbay area. They offer a range of support services including confidential advice, safety planning; and legal and benefits advice.

0800 916 1474

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA)

Offers refuge for women and children who have suffered domestic abuse, and provide support, advice and help to any service user who requests it.

01271 321 946

Safer Devon

Safer Devon is committed to ending DSVA in Devon, and aims to do this through educating and empowering individuals, families, communities and organisations across the county.