Domestic abuse or violence is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive (to force someone to do something) or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
It includes - but is not limited to - the following forms of abuse:
- Psychological abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Emotional abuse
Call the Police on 999 if it's an emergency or you're in immediate danger.
Help and support available
The Kent & Medway Domestic Abuse Strategy Group provides advice and information for victims, friends & family and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services (DAVSS) is a West Kent charity supporting women and men experiencing domestic abuse.
Men's Advice Line - advice and support for men experiencing domestic abuse.
Broken Rainbow - information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic abuse.