Whether the increase of domestic violence is due to money pressures, tense family get-togethers, or alcohol use,
this period can be an especially dangerous time for victims of domestic violence.

Changes in the law mean emotional and psychological torment are also upheld as domestic abuse. This can
include controlling a partner or ex-partner through isolating them from family and friends, controlling social media accounts and their finances and making them dependent on their abuser.

New laws mean the definition of domestic abuse now includes relationships of 16 and 17 years olds. Remember abuse happens across all backgrounds, regardless of ages, sex, race or ethnic origin. If you’re experiencing domestic
violence or if you know someone who is experiencing abuse and may need help, it’s important to talk to someone about your situation.

In Sutton there’s a drop in service every Wednesday 9.30 -11.30am at the Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, SM1 1SN. In an emergency always call 999.

The National Domestic Violence Freephone is a 24-hour Helpline that can give support, guidance and information over the phone, their number is 0808 2000 247. All calls are completely confidential. Translation facilities for callers whose first language is not English, and a service for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing are available.