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Domestic abuse

If you're in immediate danger, call 999.

Domestic abuse is not acceptable. It affects the health and wellbeing of victims and is closely associated with child abuse and neglect, as well as issues including homelessness, substance misuse, and mental health issues.

We are committed to the long term prevention and reduction of domestic abuse. We believe that every individual and family in the town should feel safe and secure, and be free from experiencing violence or abuse. View our preventing domestic abuse strategy.

We have new duties under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 to support survivors of domestic abuse and their children with safe accommodation. This includes publishing a strategy and commissioning services. In January 2022, the council approved the domestic abuse safe accommodation strategy, which states how we'll make sure all survivors of domestic abuse, and their children, can access, and be supported by, safe accommodation-based services.

Victim of abuse (adult)

Domestic abuse involves one person using abuse to gain power and control over another.

Victim of abuse (child)

Domestic abuse isn't always physical. The other forms of abuse can hurt just as much as physical.

Child to parent violence

Behaviour used by a child or young person to control, dominate, or coerce you.

Friend's suffering abuse

Details of how to recognise signs of domestic abuse in someone else, and how to help them.

Employee abuse

The workplace can be a lifeline for someone experiencing abuse and provide a safe place to seek help.

One minute guides

Easy to read guides for professionals about topics relating to domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Learning lessons reviews

It’s important to use past cases to improve practice around safeguarding adults with care and support needs.

I'm working with someone suffering domestic abuse (professionals)

Resources for professionals who work with those suffering domestic abuse.

I'm a perpetrator of domestic abuse

It can be very difficult facing up to problems and recognising that you are causing harm to those closest to you.

Domestic homicide reviews

Details of domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) into deaths of adults in Middlesbrough.

Community ambassador

The 'Ask Me' scheme gives you an understanding of domestic abuse and how to respond to survivors of domestic abuse.