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Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.

How commmon is domestic violence?

At least 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and between 1 in 8 and 1 in 10 women experience it annually. Less than half of all incidents are reported to the police, but they still receive one domestic violence call every minute in the UK.

Who are the victims?

The vast majority of the victims of domestic violence are women and children, and women are also considerably more likely to experience repeated and severe forms of violence, and sexual abuse.  Women may experience domestic violence regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.  Domestic violence can also occur in a range of relationships including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and also within extended families.

What help is available?

Support is available through the West Lincolnshire Floating Support service, which supports families affected by domestic abuse. Call 01427 616 219 or log on to for further information.

If you do not feel safe in your current home because of domestic abuse and you need to leave, contact Housing Solutions who can help you find safe accommodation.

If you would like to stay in your home but would like help in removing the person who is abusing you, then you can contact Housing Solutions and we will talk with you about whether or not this is possible. You can also seek legal advice from a solicitor. The first initial consultation is normally free of charge.

Some people are able to get help through the Sanctuary Scheme allowing you to remain in your home with the added security of reinforced windows and doors being installed. If you would like to see if you can get help with this, contact Housing Solutions.

Related documents

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[1Mb] Domestic Abuse & Sanctuary Scheme Domestic Abuse & Sanctuary Scheme

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