Domestic Abuse

Controlling and coercive behaviour in relationships is now illegal. Coercion and control in a relationship is a criminal offence carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Coercive and controlling behaviour is the commonest form of domestic abuse. It is not physical; it is a pattern of behaviour that seeks to take away a person’s freedom. It is about isolation, degradation, mind-games, and the micro-regulation of everyday life such as monitoring phone calls, dress, food consumption and going out. The perpetrator creates a world in which the victim is constantly monitored and criticised.

Meaning of Domestic Abuse - Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

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Domestic abuse can happen in any type of relationship. It is wrong. If you are affected, help is available.

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How can we help?
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, call Leicestershire Police on 101 — or 999 in an emergency. We will deal with your case impartially and professionally.

Do you know about Clare's law?
Clare's law disclosure scheme allows a member of the public to make enquiries about someone that they feel is in an abusive relationship. The scheme enables a person to make an informed choice as to whether to continue the relationship.

If Police feel that there is relevant information that may help protect a person at risk then this information will be shared with that person. For more information click here.

Contact details

United Against Violence and Abuse
0808 802 0028
For victims in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland


Paget House
(Leicester Recovery Partnership) Support with drug and alcohol issues 0116 225 6400

Leicester City Council Supported housing
0116 224 3493


Drug and Alcohol Support 0300 303 5000

Housing Matters (The Bridge) Housing related support (16yrs+)
01509 260 500


Broken Rainbow
Support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
0300 999 5428
0800 999 5428 (freephone)

National Stalking Helpline
Guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking
0808 802 0300

National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)
Provides an injunction service relating to domestic abuse 0844 8044 999

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse Forced marriage/honour based violence support
0808 2000 247

Perpetrator support

The Jenkins Centre (Leicester City residents) Support to help change abusive behaviour 0116 2540101

Respect National Helpline
Help and advice for perpetrators to change their abusive behaviours 0808 802 4040

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