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 Guardian: Bullied children have ‘greater mental health risks’ than those maltreated by adults

    The Guardian's Health Editor writes that according to new research, children who are bullied by their peers are five times more likely to experience anxiety and twice as likely to talk of suffering depression and self-harm as those who were maltreated at home by adults. The authors of the long term study published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, say it is time that bullying is taken more seriously. Link to the article here or link to the research in the Lancet here

  • Volunteers Week - 1 - 7 June 2015

    Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2015. On the 2nd June Victim Support are holding a Volunteers Open Day from 10am until 2pm at their Community Service office at (First Floor) St Nicholas House, 15-17 George St, Luton (next door to Royal Bank Scotland). If you have ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer then why not come along and find out what's involved  - keep checking this page for more details. As well as Victim Support's Community Service and the SoLUTiONs Domestic Abuse Phone Line team there will be a host of other local organisations there hoping to catch your interest! The more the merrier and why not bring a friend?

    Link to more info here

  • What Ippo Panteloudakis has learned from speaking to male victims of Domestic Abuse every day

    Writing in the Independent, Ippo Panteloudakis the Operations Director of Respect tells us what he has learned about how male victims of domestic abuse feel under represented and increasingly isolated by the lack of support and advice services.

    Link to the article here

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