Domestic violence help and advice

The Government defines domestic abuse as "any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality."

Whatever form it takes, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, and should instead be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim. Typically the abuse involves this pattern of aggressive and controlling behaviour, which tends to get worse over time. The abuse can begin at any time, in the first day, month or year, or after many years together. It may begin, continue, or escalate after parties have separated and may take place not only in the home but also in a public place.

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The IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) service for Cornwall is provided by First Light.

You can contact First Light on 0300 777 4777 during normal office hours. Alternatively contact Cornwall Domestic Abuse 24hr Helpline on 01872 225629.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence are issues that can affect anyone regardless of gender, social group, class, age, race, religion, disability, sexuality or lifestyle.

If every person subjected to domestic abuse and sexual violence were to report their experience to the Police, the number of incidents created would be greater than that for any other crime.

In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we believe that addressing domestic abuse and sexual violence is essential to creating safer, stronger and healthier communities. We recognise that abuse is experienced by many different groups and that its impact is widespread; affecting the victim, their families and children and also the wider community.

We aim to tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence in their widest forms and ensure support is accessible to all victims throughout Cornwall.

CLEAR is an organisation who offer therapy for children who have experienced domestic violence and support for their non-abusing carer.