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If someone is in immediate danger, call 999 straight away.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse includes 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, partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. 

Domestic abuse doesn't just refer to physical violence but can encompass many forms of abuse:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial control
  • Honour-based violence


  • You are not alone.
  • Absolutely anyone can be the victim of abuse.
  • The abuse is not your fault - only the abuser is at fault for abuse.
  • Assault is a criminal offence and is never excusable.
  • Violence is never the way to solve conflict in the home.
  • You can survive and move on from an abusive relationship.
  • Even if someone has behaved appallingly, there is no excuse to abuse someone.
  • You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many organisations out there that will help and support you.
  • We are here to help and support you.

How can Arches help?

Our safeguarding policy and procedures are in place to ensure that everyone we come into contact with can be protected from harm. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please call the office on 0114 228 8100 and we'll help you get the support you need.

Helpful resources

National Domestic Violence Helpline (run by Women's Aid and Refuge) | 0800 2000 247

Men's Advice Line | 0808 801 0327

Galop (LGBT+ advice line) | 0800 999 5428

Muslim Women’s Network (specialist advice for Muslim women) | 0800 999 5786

Action on Elder Abuse | 0808 808 8141

Karma Nirvana (supporting victims of honour-based violence) | 0800 5999 247

South Yorkshire Police | call 101 in a non-emergency and 999 in an emergency

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