Domestic violence

Domestic abuse happens when someone close to you, for example, a partner, ex-partner or family member makes you feel hurt or unsafe.

It affects men and women of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, orientations and income levels.

Domestic abuse can include:

  • physical violence
  • controlling behaviour
  • hurting you sexually, or
  • stopping you seeing friends or family.


  • domestic violence and abuse are not acceptable​​
  • anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse is not blame​​
  • you’re not alone – help and support is available​​
  • everyone has the right to live their life free from threats, violence and abuse. ​

In an emergency

Remember in an emergency, always call 999.

Get help with domestic violence

Safe in the City is the community safety partnership for Brighton & Hove which tackles hate incidents and anti-social behaviour and reduces crime. Safe in the City helps people at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse.

If you’re at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, or if you know someone who is, you can find detailed information and advice on the Safe in the City website including:

Find out more about getting help for someone who is at risk of other kinds of abuse or neglect.