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Safety and crime

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

6. Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse isn’t always about physical violence. It can take the form of verbal or emotional harassment, coercive or controlling behaviour and includes stalking. Most commonly it will take place in the home and anyone can be a victim no matter what their age or gender. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse, please get help and advice – there are lots of supports services that may be able to help you.

In an emergency, always call Kent Police on 999. They have trained officers who will take your report seriously and treat your case sensitively.

You can also contact Choices (formerly North Kent Women’s Aid) for confidential, practical advice. They will be able to guide you through help and support that is available to you. Choices can be contacted on 0800 917 9948.

In partnership with a number of other agencies, we provide a range of services through the Gravesham Gateway at our Civic Centre. These include: Citizens Advice Bureau and a One Stop Shop for victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic violence is one of our priorities as part of the Community Safety Partnership and we have been fortunate to bid successfully for external funding to support several local projects over several years. These include:

Altogether Safer – Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

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This three-year project has been funded by the Home Office and is a multi-agency initiative to fill gaps in services for victims of domestic abuse through collaborative work between Kent Police, Gravesham Borough Council, Dartford Borough Council, Choices, Kent Equality Cohesion Council and Rethink Mental Illness. For details, please email

Step Change

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Step Change is a project funded by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government and is being delivered by Choices with the support of Gravesham Borough Council. It delivers services specifically for victims of domestic abuse with a range of needs and their children. For more details of the practical help available, visit the Choices website.

Please don’t suffer in silence as there are very experienced workers that will be able to advise you to protect you and your family.


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