Domestic abuse support

This page is for anybody that wants to learn about domestic abuse support. You might be worried about yourself or someone else.


Who we help

We work with anyone experiencing domestic abuse:

  • living in Hackney
  • aged 16 or over
  • male or female
  • of any sex and/or gender
  • of any sexual orientation

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What is domestic abuse

Behaviour of a person towards another person is “domestic abuse” if:

  • the people concerned are each aged 16 or over and are personally connected to each other (partner, ex-partner, family member), and
  • the behaviour is abusive

Behaviour is “abusive” if it consists of any of the following:

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violent or threatening behaviour
  • controlling or coercive behaviour
  • economic abuse
  • psychological, emotional or other abuse

It does not matter whether the behaviour consists of a single incident or a course of conduct.

Domestic abuse is a crime. Domestic abuse comes in many forms.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 covers different types of abusive behaviour such as:

Take a look at the questions below and see if you can relate to any of them.

  • do you change your behaviour because you’re frightened of your partner’s reaction?
  • do you feel that you’re walking on eggshells?
  • do you feel controlled, or isolated?
  • does someone limit your control over your own money?
  • do they play mind games and make you doubt your judgment?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then there is help available for you.

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What we do about domestic abuse



  • any information you share with us is confidential
  • we only share information with organisations if you give us permission
  • we only share information without your permission if you or someone else are at risk of serious harm
  • we never share anything you tell us with the person that is hurting you

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How to contact us


Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s law)

Other organisations that can help

Women’s Aid created a directory that contains up to date information about local domestic abuse support services. It is regularly updated by the services listed so you’ll be able to find the right local support, when you need it most.

We do not commission the services (apart from Nia’s IRIS service) and do not have responsibility for the quality of services.

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Tools for understanding domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be difficult to understand.

The following tools may be useful in helping you understand your situation and making decisions about whether you want to get help. They’re also useful for professionals working with clients in helping to explore domestic abuse.

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Information for professionals

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Eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) Hackney Strategy 2022 to 2025

See end violence against women and girls

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Page updated on: 8 September 2023

Domestic Abuse Intervention Service


c/o Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY

Opening times

  • Phone line availability: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.


For out of hours emergencies call police 999 / housing 020 8356 2300 / Refuge 0808 2000 247