Domestic Abuse and Healthy Relationships
The Government defines domestic violence as
“Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”
This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour-based violence’, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
Domestic abuse in any form, should be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim.
MKSB supports the Health and Wellbeing Board and Safer MK in its efforts to reduce domestic abuse across Milton Keynes. Research evidence tells us that the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people can be detrimental to their progress and wellbeing.
In Milton Keynes, MK-Act is the agency that provides training to professionals on domestic abuse issues.
Advice on consent can be found here #ConsentIsEverything
Domestic Abuse does not only happen to adults – Young people can find advice @ http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/
MK ACT: 0344 375 4307
Milton Keynes Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – MASH: 01908 253169/253170
Thames Valley Police – contact details: Emergency – 999 (Non-Emergency – 101)
Find some real stories by young people here http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/worried-about-abuse/view/real-stories