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Domestic abuse

Abuse can take many forms – from physical or sexual abuse to coercive control, honour-based abuse, economic or tech abuse.

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In an emergency

In the event of an emergency, please call 999 to get yourself (and others in your household) to safety.

It is a good idea to make a safety plan in advance which will increase your safety if you do decide to leave.


Useful organisations

The websites and helplines below can offer help and advice on how to stay safe. They can also offer advice if you are worried about the safety of someone close to you.


Helpline: 116 123 (24 hour)

Confidential, emotional support service for anyone in the UK where there are concerns of suicide for yourself or others.

Refuge / National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Helpline0808 2000 247 (24 hour)
Live chat and British Sign Language helpline also available, see website.

Supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Helpline: 0800 970 2070
Text: NCDV to 60777

A fast, free emergency injunction service for survivors of domestic abuse and violence.

Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland

Helpline: 0808 802 1414 (24 hour)

Leading voluntary organisation addressing domestic and sexual violence and providing services for women and children.

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (24 hour)

Supporting anyone experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage and their family, friends and colleagues.

Live Fear Free – Wales

Helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (24 hour)

Providing help and advice about violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Mankind Initiative

Helpline: 01823 334244

Confidential helpline available to all men across the UK suffering from domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner.

Karma Nirvana

Helpline: 0800 5999 247

Helping anyone affected by honour-based abuse.


Helpline: 0808 800 5000

If you are worried about a child, you can report abuse to NSPCC.


Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hour)

British counselling service for children and young people.


Helpline: 0800 999 5428

Support for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse webinar

The mission of the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) is to bring together the experience, expertise and best practice of employers and partners, so that all employers across the UK can support any of their employees affected by domestic abuse. This session looks at what domestic abuse is, the role of the employer when taking action on domestic abuse and how EIDA can support employers. Fiona Bowman, an Ambassador for EIDA also shares her story.

Can’t see the video? Watch on Vimeo.

Taking Action On Domestic Abuse Webinar

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