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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  • NSPCC: Underwear Rule translated into range of Eastern European languages.

    The NSPCC's Underwear Rule campaign is being made more accessible to Eastern European communities in the UK. The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words or mentioning sex. The easy-to-read guides have now been translated in to Russian, Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian. Link to the NSPCC website here and download the translations.

  • BBC News: Sex Education should start at 7 years old, say Lib Dems.

    All children in England's state schools should get lessons about sex and relationships from the age of seven, the Liberal Democrats said the "age-appropriate" lessons would be part of a "curriculum for life" and their proposals will be included in the party's manifesto for next year's general election which would require schools to offer lessons on sex and relationships in Key Stage 2. There are also plans to make all state-run secondary schools offer the lessons as part of personal, social and health education (PSHE). Link to the BBC website here

  • BBC News: Domestic Abuse crime considered by Ministers

    A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under plans being considered by ministers.

    Home Secretary Theresa May is consulting on creating the offence in England and Wales as part of attempts to improve police performance.

    Existing law already covers coercive and controlling behaviour - but it does not explicitly apply to relationships.

    Earlier this year Mrs May ordered chief constables to come up with domestic abuse action plans by September

    Link to the BBC website here

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