In immediate danger call the police on 999.
Otherwise, to access specialist domestic abuse support call Victim Support on 0808 168-9111 or talk via Live Chat.

Domestic Abuse Handbooks

Not every form of domestic abuse leaves visible marks and many are not even a violation of current criminal law. Abuse of any type erodes an individual’s confidence, esteem and self-worth and is hugely damaging to the victim. It diminishes their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and the negative effects often affect others associated with the immediate victim.

Domestic abuse is an unacceptable crime which affects people from all social and economic backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. It includes any action involving abuse between adult family members (including current and former partners). The abuse occurs when a person causes, attempts to cause, or threatens to cause emotional, sexual or physical harm to an intimate partner or other family member. It is also rarely a one-off event. It can escalate in frequency and severity over time.


Working together to end domestic abuse

Those suffering abuse deserve to be believed and to receive an early and effective professional multi-agency intervention. These publications are a result of cooperation between individuals and agencies on a local, national and international level.


Domestic abuse – support, advice and guidance booklet

Download: Domestic Abuse booklet

Produced and published by Medway Domestic Abuse Forum, 2016.

Everyone has the right not to experience violence or abuse. This booklet aims to give advice if you, or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse and to explain some of the terminology and legal responses to domestic abuse.

A 32-page handbook covering the following topics:

  1. Who can be affected by domestic abuse
  2. Examples of abuse
  3. Stalking and harassment
  4. Signs to look out for in recognising abuse
  5. Effects on children
  6. The cycle of abuse
  7. Teenagers
  8. Vulnerable adults
  9. Honour-based abuse
  10. Forced marriage
  11. Female genital mutilation
  12. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning
  13. Practical things to keep you safe
  14. Planning to leave
  15. How to access local services
  16. Housing support
  17. What can the police do
  18. Court orders that protect you
  19. Terms used in domestic abuse
  20. Contact numbers

Behind closed doors – Domestic Abuse Information Handbook

Download: Domestic Abuse Information Handbook

Published with the support of Kent and Medway Domestic Violence Strategic Group 2010.

If you are suffering any form of abuse, know that you are not responsible for your partner or ex-partner’s behaviour. This booklet describes many sources of help for you and your children.

A 60-page information handbook for victims of domestic abuse covering the following topics:

  1. What is Domestic Abuse?
  2. Violence Continuums
  3. Victims of Domestic Abuse
  4. Common Questions and Answers
  5. Signs to Look for in an Abusive Relationship
  6. Perpetrators of Abuse
  7. Children of Domestic Abuse
  8. Adolescent/Teen Relationship Abuse
  9. Domestic Abuse is a Health Care Issue
  10. Intervention Strategies – Multi-Agency Work

Cover of 2010 Information Handbook