Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, and anybody can be an abuser. It’s not just violence, it can also be emotional abuse or controlling and coercive behaviour.
In 2020/21 calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline in England were up by 22 per cent. At this time of year especially, and during a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic, figures of domestic abuse-related crime are known to increase.
We’re all asked to look out for signs of those enduring domestic abuse. If you suspect someone is being abused support them to get help now.
Help and support
** Call 999 if it’s an emergency or you’re in immediate danger**
Help is available for our customers locally with the Medway Domestic Abuse Service (MDAS), who provide a specialist support service for individuals and families enduring domestic abuse.
- Domestic abuse support line - 0737 663 7069 (women)
- Domestic abuse helpline for men – 0808 8010 327
If you’re worried that you’re abusive, you can contact the free Respect helpline on 0808 802 4040.
Nobody needs to suffer in silence. You don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone now and remember you're not alone.