Victims of Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse includes any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. The abuse can be psychological, physical, social, financial, or emotional.

Domestic abuse can happen between two people who are or were intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

If you are in fear of a partner, ex-partner or member of your family, you might be experiencing domestic abuse. Do they often...

  • Call you names and make you feel bad about yourself? • Make you afraid by threatening you or your children? • Behave violently towards you? • Stop you seeing your friends or family? • Keep you without money? • Harm you or make you feel you could be seriously harmed?

If the answer to some of these questions is yes you might be experiencing domestic abuse.

Get help now

You can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 if you're a woman experiencing domestic abuse. You can talk confidentially to someone about your situation and to find out what your options are.

If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse you can contact the Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.

If you are in a same-sex relationship you can call the National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 999 5428.

Call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 if you feel in despair and want someone to listen to you and provide emotional support.


Call the police on 999 if:

  • your personal safety is threatened
  • you are at risk of assault or injury
  • in an emergency


If you feel you are at risk of harm there are alternatives you could explore which can carry out safety works in your home such as changing locks, fire proof letter boxes and panic rooms. If however you think you need leave your home, try to arrange temporary housing from the council before you leave. Not everyone leaving home due to violence is entitled to emergency accommodation.

You could stay with friends or relatives while you think about what to do next.

If you need to flee your home due to Domestic Abuse please contact the Housing Options team as a matter of urgency.  We can explain your options to you and seek a refuge for you and your household.