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Domestic abuse

Call the Police on 999 if it's an emergency or you're in immediate danger.

Getting help

For information about the services available to help support you if you’re the victim of Domestic Abuse, you can visit the Domestic Abuse Service’s website.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse or domestic violence includes:

  • incidents of controlling or threatening behaviour like forcing someone to do something they don’t want to
  • violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality
  • psychological abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • emotional abuse like neglect

White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon Campaign, led by White Ribbon UK has a simple mission – to end male violence against women. The campaign engages men in calling out violent, bullying behaviour amongst their peers, and spreading a message of equality and respect.

Swale Borough Council, on behalf of the Swale Community Safety Partnership, have become the first White Ribbon Borough meaning we're committed to leading by example and taking the White Ribbon pledge – to never excuse, commit or remain silent about male violence against women.

The most important thing you can do to support White Ribbon UK’s work is to take the pledge. Only by standing up and being counted can we hope to end male violence against women.

Joining the campaign

You can join over 32,142 people who've signed the pledge online by visiting the White Ribbon's website.

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