Domestic Violence and Abuse

What support and information exists for people experiencing (or perpetrating) domestic violence and abuse?

Local domestic violence and abuse services are available in many areas.

  • Women’s Aid www.womensaid.org.uk has an online Domestic Abuse Directory that can be filtered by region and local authority.

Other useful contacts for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse include:

  • General
    • Police Domestic Violence Officers — 0845 3300 222 (999 in an emergency).
    • National Domestic Abuse Helpline — 0808 2000 247.
    • Samaritans — 116 123 www.samaritans.org (available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair).
    • Victim Support — 0808 1689 111 www.victimsupport.org.uk (free and confidential support for people affected by crime).
  • For women experiencing domestic violence and abuse
  • For men experiencing domestic violence and abuse
    • Men’s Aid — 0333 567 0556 www.mensaid.co.uk.
    • Mankind — 01273 911680 www.mkcharity.org.
    • ManKindInitiative — 01823 334244 www.mankind.org.uk.
    • Respect — 0808 802 4040 www.respect.uk.net (offers information and advice to male victims of domestic abuse, their partners, ex-partners, friends, family, and frontline workers who come in contact with male victims in their work).
    • Survivors UK — 0203 598 3898 www.survivorsuk.org (dedicated to helping the survivors of male rape and sexual abuse).
  • For children
  • For perpetrators of domestic violence
    • Respect — 0808 802 4040 www.respect.uk.net (offers information and advice to male victims of domestic abuse, their partners, ex-partners, friends, family, and frontline workers who come in contact with perpetrators in their work).
  • Specific groups
    • Action on elder abuse — 0808 808 8141 www.elderabuse.org.uk.
    • Broken rainbow — 0300 999 5428 www.broken-rainbow.co.uk (support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people experiencing domestic violence)
    • Relate — www.relate.org.uk (offers a wide range of services for couples, families, and individuals, supporting them through all stages of their relationships)
    • Southall Black Sisters — 0208 571 0800; www.southallblacksisters.org.uk (a not-for-profit organization established to provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling, and support to black [Asian and African-Caribbean] women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence [including forced marriage and honour crimes])
  • Legal advice
    • National Centre for Domestic Violence — 0800 970 2070 www.ncdv.co.uk.

Date published: 31st May, 2022
Date last updated: 31st May, 2022