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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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  • Are you being watched by an Ex?

    A news item explains how experts warn that victims of domestic abuse are increasingly at risk of digital and or internet stalking as a result of the increase in availability and accessibility of malicious software. Link to the Guardian news pages here

  • Domestic Abuse victims may face being cross-examined by their abuser due to Legal Aid cuts

    According to research by Citizens Advice victims of domestic abuse increasingly face being cross-examined by their attackers because legal aid cuts make it difficult to qualify for legal representation at court. The Ministry of Justice says all victims are entitled to legal aid to help them “break free from abusive relationships". The research shows that 6 out of 10 advisers found the changes regarding legal aid since April 2013 have affected the help they have been able to give domestic abuse clients.

    Link to the story here

  • New figures from Office of National Statistics focusing on Violent Crime & Sexual Offences

    The Crime Survey for England and Wales 2013/14 published data today that indicates 1 in 4.5 women and 1 in 10 men experience partner abuse in their lifetime.

    The data shows that women are more likely to be a victim of domestic abuse, with 8.5% of women and 4.5% of men having experienced domestic abuse in the last year, equivalent to an estimated 1.4 million female victims and 700,000 male victims.

    The data shows that the numbers of sexual offences (64,205) in 2013/14 was the highest recorded by the police since 2002/03. As well as improvements in recording, this is thought to reflect a greater willingness of victims to come forward to report such crimes.

    Link to the ONS data here

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