Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse
Domestic abuse is officially defined 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".
Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse and anybody can be an abuser - irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity.
Abuse against anyone under 18 is classified as child abuse rather than domestic abuse. Report a concern about child abuse in Buckinghamshire, or call 0845 4600001.
Most of the time, domestic violence is abuse by men against women living as a couple, but if you experience it in any other form or from another family member, support services will take your situation just as seriously.
Any children in the household are also affected. Not only is the abuse of an adult in the home very frightening, but there is a strong overlap between domestic violence and child abuse.
Taking action to escape from domestic abuse can be a difficult step, but there are people ready to help you who understand this, and can offer anything from simple advice to helping you find a refuge.
We work with partner charity Reducing the Risk of Domestic Violence to provide information and advice to you if you have suffered domestic advice.
Gives advice and numbers you can ring to get local support.
Thames Valley Police also maintains a list of local contacts in Buckinghamshire.
The Fresh Start programme offers individual sessions for people who have carried out domestic abuse in intimate partner relationships. It helps them to address their unacceptable behaviour. The programme also provides support to their partners and ex-partners.
It is offered to people who have carried out acts of domestic abuse and are not currently awaiting the outcome of a criminal justice process.
People will only be accepted on the programme if they have a genuine desire to look at and change their behaviour.