Domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is 'any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults aged 16 and above, who are or have been initimate partners or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality'. (Family members are defined as: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family).

Domestic abuse can also affect the health and wellbeing of children in the family.

There are different forms of domestic abuse:

  • physical - being hit, punched, slapped, pulling of hair, choked, kicked, strangled
  • sexual - rape or degraded treatment. Rape is against the law even if you are married or in a long term relationship
  • emotional and psychological - being told that you are a bad person, or you are worthless, constantly being blamed for things, being put down in front of people, constantly being criticised
  • financial - having money withheld from you or being forbidden to have a job, having to account for everything you spend
  • social - not being allowed to go out and see friends or family etc
  • harassment and stalking - being watched, followed, pestered, receiving obscene or threatening unwanted letters or phone calls and stalking. 

Each situation of domestic abuse is unique and should be dealt with on its own merits and needs. Remember you are not alone, the abuse is not your fault and you always have a choice and an alternative.

More information and advice

  • The Thames Valley Police website has information on what to do and where to get help, and how they deal with domestic abuse.
  • The local Women's Aid website offers support and advice. 
  • The Respect phone-line offers advice if you are worried about your behaviour towards your partner.

For a list of other local and national support services, see the Practitioner's Guide below.

In an emergency

Please remember, in an emergency dial 999 for immediate assistance.

For practitioners

Local practitioners requiring or interested in any domestic abuse training courses, please contact the Domestic Abuse Partnership Manager on 01753 477352.

Slough Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Strategy

The Slough Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Strategy 2015-2018 can be found at our Safer Slough Partnership page.