Domestic abuse

Find out more information if you are suffering from domestic abuse

Report domestic abuse

If you are suffering from domestic abuse it is important you tell someone:

  • If your life is in danger or a crime is being committed call the police on 999
  • Kent Police: Reporting if it is not an emergency

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can include any of the below:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Harassment or threats
  • Financial control
  • Shouting at you in front of the children
  • Stalking you
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviour

Advice and support

Drop in

There is a drop in every Wednesday from 12.30pm - 2.30pm at the Folkestone Early Years Centre, Dover Road, Folkestone. CT20 1QF.

At these weekly sessions there are agencies present that can give you advice and support.

Domestic Abuse Support Services in Kent and Medway

This gives further information on services in each district for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Community Domestic Abuse Programme

For perpetrators of domestic abuse who are looking to tackle their behaviour the Community Domestic Abuse Programme runs in the district.

Icon for pdf Community Domestic Abuse Programme [287.11KB]

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs)

We continue to support this service by providing a significant amount of funding to enable an IDVA to cover the district.

Their main purpose is to address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.

Serving as a victim's primary point of contact, IDVAs normally work with their clients from the point of crisis to assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop safety plans.

National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline

24 hour service which offers advice and support.

Call 0808 2000 247 or visit their website.

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