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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse and sexual violence

If you feel threatened or in danger at any time call 999 immediately.

Domestic abuse in Slough

Slough takes domestic abuse very seriously. Nobody should live their life in fear of physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

The council is committed to tackling all types of Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG) as defined by the Home Office strategy in relation to VAWG

Slough Borough Council as a key partner of the multi-agency Safer Slough Partnership Board (SSPB) has adopted the government VAWG strategy as outlined above.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Family members are: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister & grandparents, directly-related, in-laws or step-family.

A recent change in UK law recognises stalking and coercive control (a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim's liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self) as domestic abuse and is liable to prosecution.

There are no cultural or religious reasons for anyone to suffer domestic abuse and help is available through a wide range of local and national groups. Karma Nirvana is a British Human Rights Charity which supports all victims of ‘so called’ Honour based abuse and forced marriage. They can be reached via telephone on 0800 5999 247 or via email or post through their website.

Survivor Handbook

To find out more about domestic abuse or how to get support, Women’s Aid offers a Survivor Handbook in a range of different languages for those seeking advice & guidance:

If you feel threatened or in danger at any time call 999 immediately.

What you can do

If you feel any of the above applies to your situation please contact the Family Information Service on 01753 476589 or email for help and signposting to local and national services.

If you are not in immediate danger but would like support for domestic abuse you can call the police on 101 or contact the council’s Housing Team on 01753 475111 or, your GP, your local children’s centre, your health visitor, your pastoral lead at your school, district nurse, housing officer or any other key worker who will assess your situation and help you plan your next steps. It is important that you tell somebody you trust who can help get the support you need.

Poster for National Domestic Abuse website


In addition the National Domestic Abuse Helpline Free 24 hour Helpline on 0808 2000 247 also offers telephone translation services for callers whose first language is not English and BT Type talk for callers with hearing difficulties. This helpline provides support and the opportunity to access refuge services.

If you require free, fast injunction service please call the National Centre for Domestic Violence on 0800 970 2070 or visit their website for further details

Children affected by domestic abuse may suffer long term psychological effects and may require specialist support. If you suspect a child is suffering with domestic abuse this should be immediately reported to Slough Children’s Trust or 01753 875362.

Further information can be found on the NSPCC website including tools and guidance for parents and families.

Contact Hestia

For help and support, Hestia will be providing a specialist domestic abuse service in Slough, including outreach support for individuals across East Berkshire. This service will provide practical and emotional support to women, men and children who are victims of domestic abuse via:

  • adult 16+ Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA)
  • outreach support (including specialist provision for BAMER groups)
  • group-based support.

Hestia opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm. You can email or call 01753 477352.

If you feel threatened or in danger at any time call 999 immediately.