Domestic abuse support
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If you need to speak to someone outside of office hours, the National Domestic Violence Helpline is always open and free to call. Call 0808 2000 247.
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This page is for anybody that wants to learn about domestic abuse support. You might be worried about yourself or someone else.
On this page:
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
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.
- 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
The Council does not commission the following services (apart from Nia’s IRIS service) and does not have responsibility for the quality of service provided.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Service
- Phone line availability: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
For out of hours emergencies call police 999 / housing 020 8356 2300 / Refuge 0808 2000 247