Domestic abuse is abusive behaviour including violence, control, coercion, threats between people aged 16 and over, and who are or have previously been intimate partners or family members. It can be one off or happen many times. Examples of behaviour include:
This can happen to anyone at any time in their lives. It can affect people of all ages, genders and sexualities.Click here to navigate away from the page
We’ll believe what you’re telling us and we won’t judge you. We understand that it can be really hard to speak to someone for the first time about what is happening. We can arrange for you to speak to someone of the same gender or sexuality, where available. It’s important to remember that it is not your fault, even if the abuser has been making you feel that it is. We can:
If you think that someone is danger right now, call 999. If you want to speak to them, pick a safe space and time. Remember that they may not be ready to talk about what is happening, so give them time and let them know that you are there for them when they are ready. It’s important to let them know that you believe them and are not going to judge. Encourage them to seek professional advice and support – there are links below. The National DA helpline also has some tips to help support a friend or loved one.
You can find help and support from the National Domestic Violence Helpline, Women’s Aid and Refuge on this helpline number 0808 2000 247.
Other useful links:
If you or someone else in your family is being hurt at home, you may not be sure what to do. Remember that it’s not your fault and you won't get into trouble for telling someone about it. The first thing is to tell someone else about what is happening to you: