Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence is a top priority for Safer Cornwall. Beyond the immediate physical and emotional harm caused, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence has far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on adults, young people and children.

The cross-government definition of 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 are family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes:

Psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, stalking, So-called ‘honour’-based or ‘honour’ violence and forced marriage and Female genital mutilation”

In 2008 the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined its understanding of sexual violence as

any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic someone’s sexuality, using coercion, threats of harm, or physical force, by any person regardless of relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work”.


Support and help for adults, young people and children impacted by Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence:

If you are in danger, please call the Police on 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency.  If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55.


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Safer Futures offers advice and support to men, women, young people and children impacted by Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse. You will be supported by experienced Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence professionals and advocates, who will help you access the most appropriate intervention and recovery services.

Helpline: 0300 777 4777




Truro SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) in Cornwall provides sexual assault referral services for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Truro SARC provides medical care and emotional support to women, men and children who have been impacted by rape and sexual assault, both recent and historical.

Helpline: 0300 3034626



Pages updated by Anna MacGregor and Liz Howard

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