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Domestic violence and abuse

What is domestic violence and abuse?

Where can I get help?

Where can my child get help?

Female genital mutilation

Forced marriage

Honour based violence


Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (known as Clare's Law)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Digital and cyber abuse

How is Mansfield District Council tackling domestic violence and abuse?

We want to make sure that all victims of domestic violence and abuse are able to get the help that they need.

What is domestic violence and abuse?

Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is any intimidating behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or a combination of these.

Stalking, honour based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage are also forms of DVA.

Where can I get help?

If you are in immediate danger call 999.

You can also call the 24 hour domestic violence freephone helpline on 0808 800 0340.

Nottinghamshire Women's Aid advises and supports women and children who are victims of DVA. The pdf icon Nottinghamshire Women's Aid Safety Handbook [1Mb] provides more information. A pdf icon Polish version [1Mb] is also available. You can also read the latest news from Nottinghamshire Women's Aid Ltd in their Summer 2016 newsletter.

Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services provides support to children and young people (both male and female) living with DVA.

Equation provides help and advice to men experiencing domestic abuse. More information about the service is available in pdf icon Equation's service leaflet for men. [894kb].experiencing domestic abuse.

Men's Advice Line advises male victims of DVA. More information is available in the pdf icon Men's Advice Line booklet [1006kb].

MANSS provides care and support for men who have been through domestic or sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences. Information about the services provided can be found in the  pdf icon MANSS service information leaflet [1Mb]

MEN-ding UK provides support and information for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual and domestic violence. More information about their services can be found in pdf icon MEN-ding UK leaflet [484kb].

Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services supports both male and female survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

Galop runs the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) domestic violence helpline

Refuge arranges emergency accommodation for all victims fleeing DVA.

Respect provides help and advice to men and women who are perpetrators of DVA.

Age UK provides advice on elder abuse, and information for people concerned that someone they know is a victim of elder abuse.

You can find out if a partner has a violent past through the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS). You can also apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) which will stop a perpetrator from returning to their home and having contact with their partner for up to 28 days. Please contact one of the services listed above for more information or visit the Nottinghamshire Police website.

Where can my child get help?

Children living in a home where DVA is happening will see or hear the abuse, and may be forced to take part.

  • The Hideout is the national domestic violence website for children and young people.

  • ChildLine is a free 24 hour helpline for children and young people.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

FGM is a procedure which alters or injures a girl's (or woman's) genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this.

If you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK call 999. Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if she has already been taken abroad.

The NSPCC also run a 24 hour help line to protect children in the UK from FGM.

Forced marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not agree to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. Forced marriage is not the same as an arranged marriage. In arranged marriages, the prospective spouses decide whether to accept the arrangements made by their families.

More information about forced marriage can be found on the Home Office website.

Honour based violence

Honour based violence is a crime or incident which is committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community. Such violence can occur when a person believes that a relative has shamed the family or community by breaking their honour code.

Karma Nirvana offers help and support to victims of honour based crime and forced marriage.


Stalking is when a person repeatedly watches, follows or harasses their victim. A stalker can be someone the victim knows, a past boyfriend or girlfriend or a stranger and is illegal.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (known as Clare's Law)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - also known as Clare's Law - is named after Clare Wood who was killed in 2009 by an ex-partner who unknown to her had been violent to previous partners. The aim of the disclosure scheme is to increase public safety and give victims of domestic abuse better protection by providing sufficient information to survivors so that they can make choices around their safety. Further details are available in pdf icon Clare's Law leaflet [302kb].

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation is when people use the power they have over young people to sexually abuse them. Children may be tricked into believing that they are in a loving relationship which means that often they do not realise that they are being abused. CSE can happen in any relationship and involves an informal exchange of sex for something the child wants or needs, such as accommodation, gifts, cigarettes or attention.

Any child under the age of 18 can be a victim of CSE. Boys and girls are equally at risk. Children and young people can be from any ethnic or cultural group, from any kind of family background, in care or looked after and be of any sexual orientation.

Perpetrators of CSE can be from any background, ethnicity and age

Barnardo's has information for anyone with questions about child sexual exploitation including what it is and what Barnardo's is doing to tackle the issue

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) is the leading national charity working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children

Childline is a free 24 hour helpline for children and young people

Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Centre (CEOP Command) helps young people who are being approached online about sex or who are suffering sexual abuse or exploitation, and provides advice and help for parents with concerns about their child's safety

Thinkuknow  is an interactive website with information for parents, children and young people about on-line safety

Faceup2it is a website developed by young people who are aware of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation. The site lets other young people know about the dangers out there and gives information on how to keep safe.

Digital and cyber abuse

Digital and cyber abuse is the use of technologies such as texting, chat rooms, tweets, emails, websites and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner in order to maintain power and control. In most cases, this type of abuse is emotional and/or verbal.

  • Digital Trust provides advice for people experiencing digital abuse, cyber bullying, harassment, stalking and trolling

  • Thinkuknow is a website which provides practical information for children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them about using the internet safely

How is Mansfield District Council tackling domestic violence?

We work with Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Women's Aid, Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services, Nottinghamshire County Council, NHS and many other agencies to reduce the number of victims who suffer DVA.

  • We are part of the Nottinghamshire County Partnership where agencies work together to reduce domestic violence and improve support for victims.

  • We work with agencies to help victims stay in their home after the perpetrator has left or been removed. Safety measures can be installed through the Mansfield Sanctuary Scheme. For information about the scheme please email

  • Housing Solutions provides help to victims who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

  • We organise education and awareness campaigns about DVA issues in the community and in local schools.

  • We provide training for all employees to ensure staff are aware of DVA issues and how we can support victims of this crime.

  • We support the White Ribbon Campaign which works to end DVA against women and girls.

If you are a survivor of DVA we would like to hear from you. We want to know if you received the support you needed. Your experiences can help us to improve the services available to victims of DVA.

You can email the Domestic Violence Prevention Officer in confidence at  If you would like a reply to your email please include your address and let us know if it is safe to contact you at that address.

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