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Domestic violence is 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 include, but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
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.
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 includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and it is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
From 1st April 2017 Lancashire Victim Services - Domestic Abuse Services:
8am-8pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 0300 323 0085
Out of hours support provided by Supportline 08 08 16 89 111
All enquiries to Supportline which require 1-2-1 or further support will be referred to Lancashire Victims Services by the next working day.
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