Domestic Abuse & Violence

Domestic Violence and Abuse: new definition


The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological

  • Physical

  • Sexual

  • Financial

  • Emotional

This incorporates issues such as so-called honour based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

The strategic governance arrangements for Domestic Abuse in Suffolk are clarified. The Strong and Safe Communities Group (SSCG) are responsible for governance for Domestic Abuse, reporting into the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). Regular meetings of the chairs of the Children's Board, HWB, Adults Board, and the County Domestic Abuse Senior Officer ensure collaborative and strategic oversight. The Children's Board continues to hold the SSCG to account for delivering the strategy.


Suffolk Violence Against Women and Girls, Men and Boys 2018 - 2021 Strategy and Action Plan

In September 2017, the Suffolk Health & Wellbeing Board agreed to broaden its responsibilities around Domestic Abuse to include Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) in line with a refreshed VAWG strategy published by the Home Office in 2016.

You can read both strategies below:

Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care

The Offices of Norfolk and Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioners, in partnership with Victim Support, launched the new joint Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care service (NSVC) on 3rd April 2018. This service will be delivered by a team of specially trained and highly skilled staff and volunteers offering support and advice to victims of all crimes throughout both counties.

View the Victim Support website

For full details please download the Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care flyer 


Bright Sky App

Bright Sky is a FREE app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship, or those concerned about someone they know. Bright Sky provides a UK-wide directory of support services and questionnaires to assess the safety of a relationship, dispel myths around domestic and sexual abuse, and provides steps to improve your online safety.


SafeLives 'Spotlights' on Domestic Abuse



Below are two excellent short videos to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help and support. Both feature scenarios which illustrate typical behaviours of both victims and abusers in relation to physical abuse and coercive control; the latter often being overlooked as a form of domestic abuse.

The purpose is to convey the message to victims that “you are not alone” and to encourage them to tell someone. They also highlight the other medical professionals and partner agencies who can offer support alongside the police.

These videos are supported by Women’s Aid, Refuge, NHS England and the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247