Domestic abuse

There is now one helpline number in Derbyshire for reporting or discussing domestic abuse - 08000 198 668.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, but a pattern of power and control over you. It is any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.

You may just want someone to listen, or help to stop your abuser hurting you further. All services in Derbyshire follow the same guidelines when dealing with domestic abuse, whether you talk to someone at your health centre, school, housing office or social services office. They will offer someone to talk to, legal information, help available to you, support in your home or long term help.

The service available in Derbyshire offers advice and support to victims, but also to professionals and other agencies dealing with domestic abuse issues. The referral forms are for professionals to complete - these can be found on the domestic abuse and MARAC page - however, if you need advice please call the helpline number 08000 198 668.

The Home Office leaflet - Three steps to escaping domestic violence has been published to support victims and is available in 12 languages.