Domestic abuse

This page contains information about who you can contact for support if you are experiencing domestic abuse or if you are concerned that someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can have a long term and destructive impact upon individuals and families who are affected. 1 in 4 women in the UK are affected by domestic abuse at some stage in their lives, it is estimated that 2 women in England and Wales are killed every week by an abusive partner or former partner. Domestic abuse does not just mean physical abuse but can also include controlling or coercive behaviour, ‘honour’ based violence and Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. There are definitions of different kinds of abuse detailed below.

As an organisation Midland Heart will assist and support any person suffering from or threatened with domestic abuse and violence and take any appropriate action. You should contact us directly and let us know, but in emergency situations where you, your family or someone you know are in immediate danger you should call the police on 999.

If you would like to talk to someone about domestic abuse you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline at any time on 0808 2000 247.

  • What is Domestic Abuse?

    The UK Government define domestic abuse as:
    ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.'

  • What is controlling behaviour?

    Controlling behaviour is “a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and /or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.”

  • What is coercive behaviour?

    Coercive behaviour is: “an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.” 

    “This definition includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that the victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group"