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Domestic violence

Domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse - a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviour within an intimate or family type relationship.

If you are being abused, threatened or physically assaulted by a partner or a former partner or a family member, that is domestic violence. As well as actual physical violence, domestic violence can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviour including -

  • threats
  • harassment
  • physical attacks
  • financial control
  • emotional abuse

Anyone can experience domestic violence, it happens in all kinds of relationships and for any reason, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, disability and lifestyle. It is rarely a one off event.

If you are a victim of domestic violence

If you are being abused there are three simple steps you can take -

  • recognise that it is happening to you - domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour. Some abusers are sorry for their actions and pursuade their partners that the abuse won’t happen again, but the violence usually gets worse

  • accept that you are not to blame - it is not easy to accept that a loved one can behave so aggressively and because you can’t explain your partner’s behaviour, you may assume that you are to blame. You are not. It is your abusers behaviour that needs to change. There is no excuse

  • get help and support - the most important thing you can do is to tell someone you can trust. Never be afraid to ask for help and remember in an emergency call 999

    Hull DAP

For help and support access the Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership website (link opens in a new window)

If you are a man or a woman suffering domestic violence, you can also get help and support from us - you do not have to suffer alone.

Find out more about support for female victims of domestic violence

Find out more about support for male victims of domestic violence

If you are a victim of domestic violence there is also a range of practical support options to support you to remain in your own home through the Sanctuary scheme.

Find out more about the Sanctuary scheme

If you are violent to your partner

If you have been violent or abusive to your partner, you can get help to stop your domestic violence.

Find out more about support to stop your domestic violence

Useful numbers

Organisation Telephone number Website (links open in a new window)
Broken Rainbow - support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 0845 2604460
Childline 0800 111 111
Female victim support - domestic abuse partnership 01482 318 759
Home office forced marriage unit Office hours - 0207 0080 151
Out of hours - 0207 0081 500
Hull City Council's emergency duty team 01482 300 304
Hull domestic abuse partnership 01482 318 759

Hull Rape Crisis 01482 329 990
Male advocacy support service 01482 444 044
Male victim support - Hull City Council 01482 613 978
NSPCC 01482 837 822
Preston Road Women's Centre 01482 790 310
Refuge - 24 hour help line 0808 2000 247
Respect - support for men to stop domestic violence 08451228609
Revenge Porn Helpline 0845 6000 459
SARC (sexual assault referral centre) 01482 305 037
Strength to Change - support for men to stop domestic violence

01482 613 403
Victim Support

01482 30 50 80 (local)
0845 30 30 900 (national)
Women's Aid 01482 446 099 (local)
01482 474 133 (local children's services)
0808 200 0247 (national)

Remember to use a safe phone as calls can be traced.

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