Domestic abuse is when a family member or someone you're in a relationship, with treats you in a way that harms you physically, emotionally or sexually.

Examples of domestic abuse can include:

  • physical violence such as hitting, kicking, pushing or chocking
  • emotional abuse and controlling behaviour such as stopping you seeing family or friends, being jealous or possessive, threatening, putting you down, bullying or blackmailing
  • sexual violence such as forcing you to do something you don't want to do, pressuring you to have sex, or making you watch pornography
  • financial abuse such as not letting you work or taking your money.

Where to get help

If you're worried about violence or abuse from your partner, ex-partner or a member of your family you should ask for help and advice.

For help in an emergency call 999. You can also call the police on 101 in a non-emergency.

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS) and refuge

Call 01752 252033 or view www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/pdas

Women's Aid

Call 0808 2000 24 or view www.womensaid.org.uk

Men's Advice Line

Call 0808 801 0327 or view www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Victim Support

Call 0808 168 9111 or view www.victimsupport.org.uk

NSPCC

Call 0808 800 5000 or view www.nspcc.org.uk