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.
Domestic abuse and housing
If you need to leave your home due to domestic violence or you are homeless, find out about the housing advice and support we can offer.
You can also contact our Domestic Abuse Co-Ordinator on 01732 227000.
If you urgently need a space play to stay, please call Refuge on 0808 2000 247.
If you rent from a housing association, contact your tenancy officer to discuss the support available. This may include extra security measures in your home, transferring to another property or helping you to secure a place in a refuge or temporary accommodation. Never surrender your tenancy until you have discussed with your concerns with your your tenancy officer or someone from our housing team.
Help and support
Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services (DAVSS) is a local charity supporting women and men experiencing domestic abuse.
Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop services are available throughout Kent and further details can be found in the links below:
Domestic abuse services available in the Sevenoaks District
Domestic abuse services available in Kent
National domestic abuse services