Abuse and discrimination

No one should be treated cruelly, violently or in a way that disadvantages them.

Abuse or discrimination can happen regularly or on a single occasion and neither is acceptable; if you've been subjected to such behaviour you can seek confidential help and support.

Advice and support for:

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse or violence can happen in any relationship and can affect you regardless of your gender.

Abuse or neglect can be by a partner, ex-partner, carer or one or more family members in an existing or previous relationship; and can be based on a range of control mechanisms such as:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • psychological
  • social
  • economic

Domestic abuse can include (but is not limited to):

  • coercive control
  • psychological and / or emotional abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • forced marriage
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • honour-based violence
  • harassment
  • stalking
  • online or digital abuse

More information can be found using the links below:

Help and support

Forced marriage

Everyone has the right to choose who they marry or if they wish to marry at all. It is important that you consent to the arrangement of a marriage. If you're facing pressure, threats and duress to marry someone against your will this is forced marriage. This can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure.

Forced marriage is illegal, you don't have to go through this alone and help is available.

Help and support

Sexual violence and abuse

This type of abuse includes unwanted touching, forced to have sexual photos taken, online sexual abuse, rape, pressure to have sex or to carry out sexual acts.

Help and support

  • Policeyou can report sexual violence and abuse to the police on 101 or in an emergency 999
  • Juniper Lodge - Sexual assault referral centre (SARC) is a place where you can receive support without having to inform the police. The SARC provides a free and discreet service to anyone aged 18 years and over that has been subject to sexual assault
  • First Step Leicester - First Step is an organisation run for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, and their supporters .
    • 0116 254 8535


Discrimination means you've been treated unfairly because of who you are, for example because of your age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, disability, relationship status or the community you're from.

There are different types of discrimination:

  • direct discrimination is when you're treated unfairly and differently because of who you are. You may be treated in a worse way by others for certain reasons such as your age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage status or civil partnership, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
  • indirect discrimination is when you're treated in the same way as everybody else, but by being treated the same it has a worse effect on you because of who you are.

Help and support

Hate crime

Any offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a prejudice or hostility against a particular characteristic of a person. Leicestershire Police recognises hate crime in these 7 categories:

  • race or perceived race – including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour
  • religion, faith or perceived religion or faith
  • sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
  • disability or perceived disability – including physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental illness
  • transgender or perceived transgender
  • alternative subcultures or perceived alternative subcultures – including alternative lifestyles, culture, physical appearance and style of dress
  • other – including older people, sex workers, gender and armed forces

Victims of hate crime are at greater risk of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder than those who experience violent crime not motivated by hate.

Help and support

If you've been a victim of hate crime or a hate incident you can contact the:

For further information or to report online visit: