This website has been created to help those living with domestic abuse to recognise the symptoms, and to find support services to help them change their situations, whether that is leaving or staying.  We also have a section for professionals with information on services, agencies and procedures to ensure they can give the best possible support to their clients.

Domestic abuse is a common (but unfortunately hidden) issue, where people of either gender – adults, teenagers and children suffer or are forced through physical, emotional, financial or other manipulation to change their behaviour by those who should be most supportive of them; girlfriend or boyfriend, husbands, wives or civil partners, partners, ex partners, or family members - for example parents, siblings or relatives in law. 

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  • Research: 20% fall into poverty after separation.

    Reseacrh undertaken by Essex University funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has found that 20% of mothers and their children fall into poverty after a relationship breakdown. Read more at the Nuffield Foundation site here.

    Source: NSPCC CASPAR

  • Strengthening Law on Domestic Abuse

    The Home Office are asking whether domestic abuse laws are sufficient and they want to hear the views of victims and those who work in this field to understand how they can offer the best possible protection against domestic abuse. The four questions that they require your response to are:

    • Does the current law adequately provide sufficient protection to victims of domestic abuse?
    • In what ways could the law be strengthened?
    • How would any changes you suggest be practically implemented?
    • Does the current law sufficiently capture the Government’s non-statutory definition of domestic abuse?

    The consultation closes on 15th October 2014. You can send your responses to: DVoffence-consultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk  or you can link to the Consultation here for further information.

  • CAADA Conference: What’s love got to do with it?

    What's love got to do with it? Challenging the use of abuse and violence in young people’s relationships.
    This conference, organised by Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) takes place on 9 October 2014 in Manchester.

    Source: NSPCC CASPAR & Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)

    Link to more information here

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