Domestic Abuse

What Is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, race, gender, ability or profession and is not confined to physical violence.

For more information about the different types of domestic abuse click here.

If you are living in an abusive relationship, please know that this is NOT YOUR FAULT and YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many people experience domestic abuse and don’t even realise it.

Everyone has the right to feel safe, especially at home. If you are uncomfortable or do not feel safe, we recommend that you contact one of the helplines listed below.

Note: the information provided in this module is designed solely to demonstrate the consequences of domestic abuse and to point you in the direction of relevant resources to help you if you are struggling right now.

Emergency Helplines 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

SupportLine

(Hours vary)

Call: 01708 765200

Website: supportline.org.uk

Sign Health

For Deaf victims

Call: 020 3947 2601

Website: signhealth.org.uk

Woman’s Trust

(9.30am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

Female Victims

Call: 020 7034 0303 

Website: womanstrust.org.uk 

The ManKind Initiative

(10am-4pm, Mon-Fri)

Male Victims

Call: 01823 334244

Website: mankind.org.uk

Galop National LGBTQ+

(Hours vary)

Domestic Abuse Helpline

Call: 0800 999 5428

Website: galop.org.uk

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Emergency Text Services

Women’s Aid

(Hours vary)

Live chat: chat.womensaid.org.uk

Safenet

(Hours vary)

Live chat: safenet.org.uk

Additional Resources

Below are some links to helpful articles that provide more information on coping with domestic abuse and on safely seeking support. 

What Is Domestic Abuse? Information on keeping yourself safe, what abuse is and different types of abuse.

Signs Of Domestic Abuse. Information on spotting the signs of abuse, the forms of abuse and typical myths and exuses around abuse.

Living With An Abuser In Lockdown. Help for domestic abuse victims during Covid-19 lockdown.

Ask For ANI. Government scheme to help as many victims as possible that are potentially stuck in lockdown with a perpetrator. 

Getting Help For Domestic Abuse During COVID-19. NHS guide to find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.