Domestic abuse isn’t always about physical violence. It can take the form of verbal or emotional harassment, coercive or controlling behaviour and it includes stalking. Most commonly it will take place in the home and anyone can be a victim – men, women, children and elderly people. It also doesn’t have to be abuse between two adult partners, it could for example, be abuse of a parent by a child.
In an emergency, always call Kent Police on 999. They have specially trained officers who will take your report seriously and who will treat your case sensitively.
You can also contact Oasis for confidential, practical advice. Their experienced workers will be able to guide you through help and support that is available to you. Oasis can also be contacted by phone on: 0800 917 9948.
There is also a national helpline launched by Government 0808 200 0247 that can provide information on services available through Women’s Aid and Refuge. Advice is also provided on how to access 24 hour emergency refuge accommodation and an information service that includes safety planning and translation for non-English speakers.
Please note, numbers will show up on an itemised phone bill. If victims are likely to be put in danger if they have to explain items on their phone bill or if the abuser is likely to ring the number to see who was contacted, the victim should be advised to use a public or agency phone instead of their own phone.
If you or someone you know is at risk of becoming homeless because of domestic abuse visit the Council’s Housing Services Homelessness page for further information on support that may be available to you.