Domestic abuse is any controlling, coercive, threatening or violent behaviour between people who are or have been in a relationship or family members. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional. It's completely wrong and no one should have to live in an abusive relationship.
Kent Police can help make sure you and your children are safe. They can make an arrest when an offence has been committed or suspected. Call 999 if you or your family are in immediate danger. If it's not an emergency you can call Kent Police on the non-emergency 101.
Dartford Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop offers a range of free advice all under one roof. Dartford Borough Council's Housing Team, a domestic abuse advisor and legal representation plus other agencies, all offer free advice on issues concerning domestic abuse.
Choices work in several areas in Kent and Medway providing specialist domestic abuse services. In Dartford their services include delivering community programmes, such as the Recovery Toolkit and the Freedom Programme, to women affected by domestic abuse and tailored young people programmes both raising awareness of domestic abuse and tackling the effects of it on adolescents and children. For more information on these and their other services, please contact their confidential helpline – Helpline 0800 917 9948.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge. The Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for women experiencing domestic abuse. All calls are free and confidential – Helpline 808 200 0247.
Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic abuse from a partner or ex-partner – Advice Line 0808 801 0327.
Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They provide emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse – National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428.
Civil Legal Advice provides free and confidential advice as part of legal aid. If you're eligible, you can get help from them for problems including domestic abuse, separating from an abusive partner, when you're making arrangements for children or sorting out money and property – 0345 345 4345.
Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) - Employers are asked to join in order to support any domestic abuse victims employed in their businesses. EIDA is free to join and offers a host of services including: signposting, expertise, a toolkit for employers, and training videos. They highlight the free to download Bright Sky App, which gives victims, and those wishing to help, immediate access to information and specialist services. To join free of charge: https://www.eida.org.uk/become-a-member