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Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse

From 25 Nov – 10 Dec 2018 we’ll be raising awareness of different types of domestic abuse.

We're also highlighting the impact it has on children, young people and families.

We need to increase understanding of:


How can you help?

  • Join in the conversation – look out for social media posts from Hertfordshire organisations that include #breakingthecycleherts. Share and spread the word.
  • Share your own messages of support, thoughts and your own experiences of domestic abuse (if you're comfortable doing that). #breakingthecycleherts
  • Not sure about the types of domestic abuse? Learn more at


If someone needs help, let them know support is out there.

Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline

08 088 088 088

(Mon-Fri, 9am – 9pm. Sat-Sun, 9am – 4pm).


In an emergency, always dial 999.

It's not always physical...

Sometimes domestic abuse can be about controlling behaviour and emotions. Neither are ok, in fact it's a crime.

Coercion and control – what does that mean?

Controlling or coercive behaviour is a pattern of actions that take place over a period of time where someone intimidates or exerts power and control over another person or group.

Unfortunately, the person carrying out this behaviour will generally be known to the people being abused. That might be through a physical, distant or online relationship.

They might be a current or ex-partner, a family member, carer or describe themselves as a friend.

Children and young people are seriously affected by domestic abuse

In Hertfordshire...

  • 26% of all reported domestic abuse crimes and incidents happened while children were in the house (2015/16)
  • 14% of all reported domestic abuse crimes and incidents were witnessed by children (2015/16).

Nationally, 1 in 5 children live with domestic abuse. Children exposed to parental violence are almost 3 times more likely to experience violence in their own adult relationships. They're at greater risk of substance abuse, juvenile pregnancy and criminal behaviour than those raised in homes without violence or abuse.

Adults in the child’s life may not recognise the signs that they're being abused.

The child may be too young, too scared or too ashamed to tell anyone what's happening to them.

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