What is domestic abuse?
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 defines domestic abuse as the behaviour of a person (A) towards another person (B) is domestic abuse if:
- A and B are each aged 16 or over and are personally connected to each other, and
- the behaviour is abusive.
Behaviour is ‘abusive’ if it consists of any of the following: physical or sexual abuse; violent or threatening behaviour; controlling or coercive behaviour; economic abuse; psychological, emotional or other abuse.
This behaviour can consist of a single incident or a course of conduct. Further detail is provided to detail how ‘personally connected’ would be defined and children are now recognised as victims of domestic abuse here: Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)
It is important to note that domestic abuse is complex and there is overlap in the different types of abuse; it could consist of one or more forms of abuse. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone.
Support on offer in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS)
www.gdass.org.uk | 01452 726570 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (GRSAS)
www.glosrasac.org | 01452 526779
Stroud Women’s Refuge
www.stroudwomensrefuge.org | 01453 764385
The Men’s Advice Line
mensadviceline.org.uk | 0808 801 0327
Support for young people (under 16)
Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) joins you in standing up, speaking out and saying NO to violence against women!
Hope House SARC is a service in Gloucestershire offering emotional and practical support as well as medical care to anyone who has experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse.
Clients are offered its services based on their individual needs and can choose to use as much or as little of the SARC’s service as they wish.
Clients can access Hope House SARC via the police and other professionals. Clients can also contact the SARC directly for confidential advice or to arrange an appointment without police involvement, by calling 0300 421 8400.
The SARC also offers information and support to friends and family, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
To find out more visit the Hope House SARC website>