Domestic violence or abuse is a crime that can affect people from all social, economic and geographical backgrounds, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
In Suffolk, domestic abuse accounts for more than a quarter of all violent crime - one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Children are present at nearly 90% of incidents.
In an emergency, ALWAYS dial 999.
For help and advice, call:
- The Police: 01473 613500;
- Ipswich Women's Aid 24hr Helpline: 01473 745111;
- Suffolk Domestic Violence and Abuse 24hr Helpline: 0800 7835121;
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. It can include:
- Use of weapons;
- Biting, punching, pushing, kicking;
- Actual or threat of physical harm;
- Deprivation of food, sleep or money;
- Isolation from family and friends;
- Emotional blackmail;
- Sexual threats;