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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. But it isn’t just physical violence – domestic abuse includes any emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.

It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers.

Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships. Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people.

Domestic abuse can happen in many different ways including:

Children or young person witnessing domestic violence in the home may be feeling very alone, frightened, depressed, confused and isolated.

If you are worried about a child or young person in Brent call the Brent Family Front Door 020 8937 4300.

Clare’s Law – the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

This scheme was introduced in March 2014 to enable members of the public to make enquiries into an individual’s criminal record if there is a justifiable concern that an individual may have a history of abusive behaviour towards a partner.

The applicant may be the partner of the person in question, or it may be a third party e.g. a close relative or friend.

For more information please click here.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

If you are experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, this is a free 24 hour helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge - 0808 2000 247.


Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Women’s Aid

Women's Aid is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.