Domestic abuse

No one should have to suffer domestic abuse or violence, there is no reason that can justify abusing someone you live with or a family member. You need to tell someone what is happening to you and / or your children, even if the abuse began with the current lockdown.

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To speak to someone about domestic abuse or violence:

Telephone 101, Cumbria Police non-emergency telephone number or report a non-emergency crime on the Cumbria Police website.

Telephone 999 to report domestic abuse happening now.

Ask for ANI at a chemist displaying the ANI poster as part of the ANI domestic abuse codeword scheme.

Telephone 0808 2000 247 for free to speak to National Domestic Abuse helpline for confidential advice, 24 hours a day.

Telephone 01768 861499 Cumbria Domestic Abuse Partnership.

Telephone 0300 303 015 Victim Support Service.

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Do you know someone who is being abused? Tell the police, you may save someone injuries or someone's life.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to:

  • controlling or threatening behaviour,
  • psychological behaviour, which can lead to someone doubting their own sanity,
  • controlling or limiting money,
  • verbal abuse,
  • emotional abuse,
  • sexual abuse,

Domestic abuse or domestic violence is between someone aged 16 or over, who are or have been an intimate partner, or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

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Escaping domestic abuse

You can leave your home to escape domestic abuse even under the current lockdown.

Telephone 01768 861499 Eden Housing's housing options team if you are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

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Getting help

Find out how to get help on GOV.UK if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

See report domestic abuse on GOV.UK. Domestic abuse or violence is a crime, report it to the police. See other organisations who can offer you help and support if you won't talk to the police.

Find out about the support for victims of domestic abuse on GOV.UK. Anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you. Support may include police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.

Government announce emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic on GOV.UK. This funding is to support survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and vulnerable children and their families and victims of modern slavery. Domestic abuse survivors are to automatically qualify for priority need under our duty to relieve homelessness.

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Last updated: Monday, 16 August, 2021.