Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

We work in partnership with Enfield and Haringey Councils in matters relating to domestic violence and abuse.

Domestic abuse can, and often does, involve a range of behaviours, which are abusive and which would not necessarily be classed as violent.

The government defines domestic abuse 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 can include forced marriage and "honour killings". Abuse of this kind is increasingly recognised in teenage relationships and may not be recognised as abusive by either the individuals or the families concerned.

Both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse, however women are more likely to experience repeated and severe forms of violence. Domestic abuse is quite common, affecting one in four women during their lifetime.

Domestic violence takes place in all types of relationships, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships. It can also involve other family members, including children.


Seeing or hearing domestic abuse can cause emotional harm to children. They may suffer physical harm by getting in between abuser and victim. If you are worried about a child who is being exposed to domestic abuse, please talk to a member of staff.

Adults at risk

If you believe that someone you know is at risk due domestic abuse or are vulnerable due to their age, mental or physical disability and are unable to protect themselves, please talk to a member of staff or contact one of the support agencies listed below.

Advice and support

Please talk to a member of staff if you have any concerns for your own safety and well-being, or that of a family member, they will be able offer advice.

You should ring the police 999 if there is immediate risk of harm.

For further information on safeguarding adults and domestic abuse issues at the the hospital, please contact our chief nurse on: or 020 8887 2501.

Please refer to the relevant council and safer neighbourhood / police websites below where you will find more information:

National domestic violence helpline

A national domestic violence helpline operates 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. This is a freephone number from landlines. The helpline can provide details of refuge accommodation across the UK and services in your local area.

Victim Support

Victim Support can offer advice and support if you have been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.

Enfield Victim Support: 0845 450 4443

Haringey Victim Support: 020 7336 1777 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

Solace Women's Aid

Solace Women's Aid Advice Service offers information, advice and support for domestic and sexual violence. Phone their advice line on 0808 802 5565 or visit their website on:

Enfield Council – domestic violence

Haringey Council  domestic violence

Page last updated: January 2018