(Updated 04/04/2023)

Domestic abuse is behaviour from a family member, partner or ex-partner that:

  • is controlling, coercive, threatening, violent or abusive
  • happens between people aged over 16

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to men or women. It includes the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Domestic violence and abuse can include harassment, stalking, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based abuse. It can also include trafficking.

If you are the victim of an abusive relationship, you might want to:

  • find somewhere safe to stay
  • stay in your home and get the person who is harming you to leave
  • report the violence to the police
  • get a court order to stop your abusive partner from harming or threatening you
  • take legal action
  • get help from a charity or another organisation

Whatever you want to do, there are organisations that can give you advice and help.

Paragon - who run Integrated Domestic Abuse Services on the Isle of Wight

Wight Dash - who run the Women's Centre and recovery programmes

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How Do I report an incident of adult abuse?

  • If you suspect someone is in immediate risk, harm or danger, please telephone the Police on 999
  • Alert  IOWCC Adult Social Care as soon as possible by calling the Safeguarding Team on 01983 814980 or by email
  • If you are suffering because of domestic abuse or know someone who is you can call the Paragon freephone: 0800 234 6266 or email

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