Doncaster Domestic Abuse Service is made up of agencies including the Police, Council, NHS and specialist voluntary sector services such as Women's Aid, Victim Support and Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service.We work together to ensure the safety and welfare of anyone suffering from domestic abuse.
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The term Domestic Abuse is used to describe a range of behaviours that together amount to abuse, between members of an intimate relationship, or family members. It can also mean abuse by a former partner.
It affects women and men of all ages, social groups and ethnic backgrounds. It happens in long-term committed relationships, marriages and civil partnerships, as well as in new and old relationships.
Domestic abuse also affects children who come into contact with it.
If you're under 18 and are worried about domestic abuse, there are lots of people who you can talk to.
As a parent, you may think that because children are upstairs, they will not understand, but in most cases they do. See the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people.
When abusive behaviour first starts, it can seem like caring, loving behaviour, just perhaps a little over the top. But this behaviour can be a sign of domestic abuse developing.
That's why we want you to recognise the signs and seek help if you think you are experiencing abuse. Try the relationship checklist to see the signs for yourself.
Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 10am - 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and is the first point of contact for all victims of domestic abuse.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, need support after leaving an abusive relationship, or are worried your partner's behaviour may become abusive, we can help and offer you free, confidential advice and support. You are not alone and the most important thing is that you tell someone!
The helpline is staffed by experienced and trained members of the Doncaster Women's Aid team. If you need to talk someone outside of our opening hours there are national helplines that can offer help and advice.
If you have been assaulted call the Police. Always call 999 in an emergency