Frequently Asked Questions

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can take many forms.

The new definition of domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence, or psychological, physical, sexual, financial, or emotional abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender.

Both parties must be adults.

Family members include in laws and step relationships as well as immediate family.

The definition includes same sex partners and ex partners, irrespective of how long ago the

relationship ended.

Domestic violence can occur in any relationship regardless of age, sex, class, race or disability. There are many organisations that specialise in helping victims of domestic violence.

Figures show that domestic violence seems to occur mostly towards women from men but can also happen towards men.

If you have suffered domestic violence and want to report the incident to the police, then contact the police.

Cambridgeshire Police has specially trained domestic violence officers working in each division who can help you with all the difficulties involved in reporting domestic violence from personal safety to locating safe accommodation.

Call Women's Aid's freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247. You can also e-mail or Women's Aid Federation of England
Head Office
PO BOX 391
BS99 7WS.

Male victims of domestic violence can go to the Mensaid website - - for contact details and information.

The Broken Rainbow Forum provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence, and the 24-hour national helpline is 0781 2644914.

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