What is domestic abuse?
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 has created a statutory definition of domestic abuse, which consists of:
“any incident or pattern of incidents between those aged 16 or over who are personally connected and the behaviour is abusive. The abuse can encompass, physical or sexual abuse, violent or threatening behaviour, controlling or coercive behaviour, economic, psychological, and emotional or other abuse”.
‘Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse’ - Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Domestic Abuse Strategy 2021-2024
Domestic Abuse Strategy 2021-2024 (946KB)
Where can I get support?
The New Era Domestic Abuse service operates across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, providing free, confidential support for all those affected by domestic abuse. The service ensures a consistent approach across the whole County when people need specialist support.
Aiming to end relationship abuse, New Era focuses on prevention and early intervention as well as targeted and acute support for victims and their families. It also offers help to anyone who is displaying unhealthy or abusive behaviour within their relationship and wants to change this.
New Era is commissioned by the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office with Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and is run by Victim Support.
New Era Domestic Abuse Service
Helpline for victims: 0330 303 3778
Helpline for perpetrators: 0300 373 5772
View the New Era website.