If you are worried about your own or someone else’s immediate safety then contact the police on 999. If you need advice or you want to report a case that is not an emergency then call 101 or contact the free phone National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Domestic abuse is everyone’s responsibility
Domestic abuse can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, psychological, economic, a combination of these, and includes controlling or coercive behaviour.
It can happen to men as well as women. One in four men and one in six women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
When someone is experiencing domestic abuse, work might be their only safe place.
People experiencing domestic abuse can often be targeted in their workplace, especially once they leave their abusive, for others, work might be their only safe place.
Domestic abuse is often unreported, and signs of physical and emotional abuse can be hard to spot. This can result in a lack of support, with detrimental effects on mental health, sometimes resulting in self harm.
- Change in the person’s working patterns, for example, frequent absence, lateness or needing to leave work or meetings early
- Changes in behaviour: for example, becoming very quiet, anxious, frightened, tearful, aggressive, distracted, or depressed
- Visible bruising or single or repeated injury with unlikely explanations
- Secretive about their home life or give reasons not to turn the camera on when meeting online
You are not alone
If you are you experiencing domestic abuse, there are people here to support you. Start a chat with one of our Wellbeing Advisors or find support from the organisations below:
- Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge
0808 2000 247
- Men’s Advice Line on 0808 8010 327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm)
- If you identify as LGBT+
you can call Galop on 0800 999 5428
- Nour provide support and advice to people from the Muslim community experiencing domestic abuse nour-dv.org.uk
The Survivor’s Handbook from Women’s Aid, provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support