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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (which can take a number of different forms including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adult partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. According to Women’s Aid, one in four women will experience domestic abuse during their lives and sadly, an average of 2 women per week die due to domestic violence. 

About Sutton Women’s Centre

Here at Sutton Women’s Centre we are a key provider of domestic abuse support in the London Borough of Sutton and the surrounding area. We offer support to women who have experienced any form of domestic violence. Our domestic violence services include the Freedom Programme ( a support group aimed at survivors of domestic abuse) and counselling. Less obviously, our range of social and creative activities can help women who have experienced domestic abuse to rebuild confidence and self esteem, reduce isolation and make new friends in a relaxed and friendly setting. All of our services are confidential and non-judgemental.

What to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse or are worried about someone else. 

If you have experienced sexual or domestic violence or abuse, the effects can be devastating and long-lasting.  A traumatic event or exposure to long-term abuse can impact on your capability to lead a normal life – both emotionally and socially.   You may be physically hurt, suffering emotional difficulties and feeling overwhelmed.  You may not know who to turn to for support.  You may want to report the crime against you but not know where to start.  In these situations, it’s important that you are able to reach out for help, to someone you can trust.

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Keeping Yourself Safe

Try and keep a mobile phone with you at all times if possible. The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency.

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