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 growing section for professionals with information on services, agencies and procedures to ensure they can give the best possible support to their clients.

 If you are affected by domestic abuse and you need help quickly:

  • If you or your family are in immediate danger, ring 999 and ask for help.

  • The National Domestic Violence Helpline is an emergency freephone 24 hour number - call 0808 2000 247 for help and if you need urgent access to refuge services.

  • Don't accept Domestic Abuse! You are not alone, get the help you need by using the links on this web-site.

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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  • ” the perfect boyfriend” - Abuse victim speaks out to warn others of the dangers.

    Kate Friday, a 20 year old student from Liverpool's Hope University, has been speaking about the terrifying moment her boyfriend Kyle Newby forced his fingers down her throat and pushed so hard that he ripped her flesh open.

    Kate, from West Derby, met Newby, then a car salesman, on an online dating website in February 2014. She explained how their relationship quickly became turbulent and how she came to accept the abuse as the norm and just got used to it.

    “I wish someone had been there to tell me about the warning signs...If me speaking out can prevent another young woman from going through what I have, then it’s worth it.”

    Newby, 21, was spared jail after admitting harassment and assault last month - and instead ordered to take part in a ‘building better relationships’ programme.

    Link to the Liverpool Echo for the rest of the article here

  • Mother of son murdered by his girlfriend says she wants male DA victims to speak out

    Sara Westle's son Eddie was murdered in 2012 by his girfriend Michelle who following trial in April 2013 was given a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years imprisonment. Sarah says that looking back, it’s clear her son Eddie suffered in silence in his relationship and she is determined to keep speaking up for men who like Eddie became isolated because of abuse and feel too ashamed to get help.

    Link to the Mirror site here and read the full story.

  • Man arrested following stabbing at Luton Children’s Centre

    Bedfordshire Police have arrested a man from Newham in London in connection with the stabbing on Sunday afternoon at a children's centre in Luton. The 44-year-old man has been taken into custody whilst officers carry out further investigations. The stabbing took place  at Purple Professional Services in Rothesay Road on Sunday (12 July) at around 4.47pm. A man was was flown to hospital by an air ambulance with stab wounds to his chest and chin following the incident and medics also took a woman to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital by land ambulance after officers were called to the disturbance.

    Link to the Luton on Sunday story here

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