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Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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If you have been assaulted and want to report it to the police, even if you do not have any visible injuries, then you should contact your local police force and report the incident.

If you have been assaulted by your ex partner/partner and you are 16 and over, this will be treated as domestic violence and the police take a very positive stance against domestic violence, see questions Q108 and Q109 for more information.

Some other useful telephone numbers are -

Womens' Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (www.womensaid.org.uk)
Refuge 0808 2000 247 (www.refuge.org.uk)
Broken Rainbow (Same Sex Abuse) 0300 999 5428 (www.broken-rainbow.org.uk)
Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 80 10 800 (www.welshwomensaid.org)
ManKind Initiative 01823 334 244 (www.mankind.org.uk)
HALT (help with legal problems) 0113 243 2632 (www.halt.org.uk)
National Centre for Domestic Violence 0844 8044 999 (http://www.ncdv.org.uk/)

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