Preventing and reporting abuse

Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity, have their choices respected and live a life free from fear.

Abuse can take many forms:

  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Discrimination because of disability, race, religion, age etc.

If you or someone you know is being abused you need to let us know straight away. We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence is a crime. In an emergency call the Police on 999. If it is not an emergency, call 101.


If you are experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk about it, or would like help with finding somewhere safe to stay, call your Housing or ASB Officer on 0208 937 2750 or contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.


There are a number of community-based projects in Brent that also offer support and advice. For more information contact Brent Hestia Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) on 020 8733 3715.


If you are a young person needing support and advice contact Childline on 0800 1111.


If you are a male victim of domestic violence in need of support contact Men's Advice Line on freephone 0808 801 0327.


Other important contact numbers are:

Racial harassment

Racial harassment is a Hate Crime. In an emergency call the Police on 999. If it is not an emergency, call 101.


Threatening, insulting or abusive words and behaviour (spoken or written) are a criminal offence and you should be report it immediately to the police station and to an Anti Social Behaviour officer on 0208 937 2750.


Brent Council aims to ensure that all cases of racial harassment are dealt with consistently, fairly and appropriately.

Brent Council will not tolerate any harassment due to race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, sexuality, gender, age, marital status, religion or disability.

Harassment of gay men and lesbians

Sometimes people are harassed on the basis of their relationships with partners of the same sex, because others do not respect their right to have sexual preferences which are different from the majority. If you experience this type of harassment it is classified as a Hate Crime.

Other forms of harassment

Harassment can include physical and verbal abuse of women and include unwanted sexual advances. It may also take the form of abuse towards elderly people or people with physical and/or learning difficulties. We want all tenants to enjoy their homes without harassment. Any kind of harassment is unacceptable. Report it to your Anti Social Behaviour Officer on 020 8937 2400 or email


Brent Council will treat any complaint about harassment in confidence, and we will investigate it thoroughly. Where necessary we may call in the Police. This may also involve enforcing the tenancy agreement by using our powers to evict tenants who harass others.

Child protection