Domestic abuse 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 encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
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.
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 and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Remember: Domestic abuse is not your fault. As well as the information on this page, you may also find our advice for people affected by domestic abuse useful.
Domestic abuse directory
The domestic abuse directory lists contact details of organisations that can help you or someone you know who is being affected by domestic abuse. The directory is split into various subjects, with telephone numbers, email and postal addresses, and hyperlinks to organisations' websites.
Be aware that the document will be saved to your computer - if this is a risk for you, remember to delete it from your documents and download history.
Access the directory on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Partnership website.
Accessing the directory
If you are still living with an abusive partner, then you may be worried about that person knowing that you are accessing help. There are a number of things you can do to hide your internet use:
- Most modern web browsers offer a private browsing option that will not keep a record of which sites you visit or what you download: search for ‘private browsing’ and the name of your browser.
- If you cannot use private browsing, clear your browser’s history after searching for sensitive information: search for ‘delete history’ and the name of your browser.
- You might also want to turn off auto-complete in your browser to make sure words you type into the browser do not appear when other people type similar words: search for ‘turn off auto complete’ and the name of your browser.
If you're still unsure how to cover your tracks while using the internet, we strongly recommend that you access the directory either at a trusted friend or relative's house or at one of the free computer points across the counties.
Doing this makes it easier for you to view the websites of the organisations listed and to send them emails if you don't want to speak over the phone or meet in person.
The directory is not available in hard copy, due to the nature of the document and the need to ensure that it is kept up-to-date. We would advise caution in printing off copies of the directory, especially if you are still living with a violent partner.
To find out where the nearest free access point is, please call the relevant council on the number below:
- Cambridge City Council - 01223 457000
- East Cambridgeshire District Council - 01353 665555
- South Cambridgeshire District Council - 03450 450 500
Translation and interpretation
If English is not your first language or you need someone to help you understand the contents of the directory, please contact the relevant council on the number above.