Domestic abuse is not only about violent behaviour, it includes coercive and controlling behaviour, such as threatening and bullying between anyone in a relationship. It may be physical, emotional, sexual, psychological or financial abuse.
It is a national problem and destroys the lives of victims and their children. In the Dudley borough we take domestic violence and abuse seriously and work with a number of partners to improve the services and support available to victims and children.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse seek help.
If it is an emergency and you or someone is in immediate danger please dial 999.
Children are very much the silent victims of domestic violence and can be affected in serious and long lasting ways. These may include; feeling frightened, becoming withdrawn, behavioural difficulties and problems at school. The longer children are exposed to violence the more severe the effects are.
For more information and help on domestic abuse in the Dudley borough visit the Safe and Sound website.
The Interim Domestic Abuse and Violence Strategy sets out the strategic direction for addressing domestic abuse and violence within Dudley through partnership working. It also outlines service provision to support victims and outlines criminal justice sanctions to tackle perpetrators.