Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take many forms, and should never be tolerated. 

Ocean Housing takes its responsibilities seriously in safeguarding the independence, safety and wellbeing of all tenants.

We believe that nobody should live in fear of domestic abuse and will take steps to identify, assist and support any customer in this situation.

What is Domestic Abuse?

If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself.

Anybody can be a victim of domestic abuse – men, women or children – and likewise anybody can be a perpetrator.

It is not always about physical violence either. It can also include, but is not limited to;

  • Emotional abuse.
  • Sexual abuse.
  • Economic abuse.
  • Verbal abuse.
  • Online abuse.
  • Coercive control or ‘gaslighting’.

You can find out more by visiting the below websites, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship.

Signs to look out for

All relationships are different. There isn’t such a thing as a ‘normal’ relationship, but there are healthy relationships and unhealthy relationships.

If you feel unsafe or recognise any of the negative signs below, take action.

  • They make threats and do things just to scare me.
  • They put me down just to make me feel bad when we’re alone or around friends.
  • They make me do things that I don’t want to do without listening to me.
  • They make me feel guilty if I don’t spend time with them.
  • They don’t try to get on with my friends or family.
  • They hit, slap or push me.
  • They look through my phone, social media or web history.
  • They want to know where I am all the time.
  • They cheat on me or accuse me of cheating on them.
  • They steal from me or make me buy them things.
  • They make me have sex when I don’t want to

If you suspect that you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse you are encouraged to report your suspicions to the police.

We’re here if you want to talk, completely confidentially.

Ocean is committed to providing a confidential, caring and sensitive response to anyone experiencing Domestic Abuse, throughout Cornwall.

Icon phone sml  Tel 01726 874450
Icon Email sml  Send an email
Icon online form sml Complete an online form 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -Support for victims of domestic abuse during this time

Household isolation instruction as a result of COVID-19 does NOT apply if your need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

“The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse,” said a spokesperson for the government, on April 14, 2020.

“There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.

“For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.”

Read more: Information and advice about COVID-19 coronavirus

They added: “Friends, family, neighbours and community members can be a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse.

“If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, reassure them that the police and support services are still there to help and direct them to sources of support.

“The government supports and funds several charities who can provide advice and guidance and we are in regular contact with the charity sector and the police to ensure that these support services remain open during this challenging time.”

Further information and support can be found here.


There are a variety of organisations and general advice centres in Cornwall and across Britain that provide a range of support for anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse.

The links below will point you to specialist domestic violence and abuse websites and agencies which can offer intensive and specialist support and advice which many people need – (please note these pages may show in the Browsing History of your web browser)


Icon phone sml  Freephone 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247
Icon online form sml  Refuge website

Disrespect Nobody

Government abuse prevention campaign

Icon online form sml  Disrespect Nobody website

Cornwall Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

(CRASAC) Counselling and support for anyone who has been raped or sexually abused, Monday & Tuesday 9 am – 5pm Wednesday, Thursday & Friday hours variable

Icon phone sml Tel 01872 262100
Icon online form sml CRASAC website

Victim Support

Provides emotional support, practical help and information for male & female victims of domestic violence.

Icon phone sml  Tel 0845 0567999
Icon online form sml Victim Support website

The SUsie Project

‘SUrvivors Supported Into Empowerment’ offers support groups, recovery programmes and pathways into Education and Employment.

Icon phone sml  Tel 01209 699 241

Icon phone sml  24hr Domestice Violence Helpline 01872 225 629

Icon online form sml The Susie Project

First Light

Formerly Skoodhya and Twelves Company, First Light is an awarding-winning local charity that provides domestic abuse and sexual violence support services.

Icon phone sml Tel 0300777 4 777

Icon online form sml First Light Website 

EACH Action

EACH is the award-winning charity for adults and young people affected by homophobia and transphobia.

Icon phone sml  Tel 0808 1000 143
Icon online form sml Each Action website

Broken Rainbow

Advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Icon phone sml  Tel 0800 5875247
Icon online form sml Broken Rainbow website

Mankind Initiative

(Weekdays 10am -4pm & 7pm – 9pm)

Icon phone sml  Tel 01823 334244
Icon online form sml  Mankind Initiative website

Mens’ advice Line

Icon phone sml  Tel 0808 801 0327
Icon online form sml  Mens’ Advice Line website

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Icon phone sml  Tel 0808 800 5000
Icon online form sml NSPCC website


Icon phone sml  Tel 0800 1111

Icon online form sml Childline website


Ocean has signed up to the #makeaStand pledge – to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse. Follow #makeastand on Twitter.

#YouAreNotAlone campaign