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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  • Domestic Violence Perpetrators - Changing the Story

    Project Mirabal research was started in 2009 and concluded late in 2014. It was supported by grants from the ESRC, Northern Rock Foundation and LankellyChase Foundation. Project Mirabal was one of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse's research projects and aimed to investigate the extent to which perpetrator programmes reduce violence and increase safety for women and children, the routes by which they do or not produce effects alongside the overall contribution programmes make to coordinated community responses to domestic violence. The results of this research show that DVPP's do have a postive effect on many who attend them. Link to the Executive Summary here.

  • Reform programs stop most violent men harming partners, says landmark study

    The Guardian reports on the outcome of a five year research project known as Mirabal that examined the results of domestic violence programs attended by men voluntarily or through referral. The study shows a large drop in reports of physical and sexual abuse. The study run by the Respect organisation shows that most violent men who participate in reform programs stop physically harming their partners. Link to the story here

  • Domestic Violence - a crime or an illness?

    Julie Bindel in The Guardian's 'Comment is free' pages discusses whether beating your partner should be viewed as a crime or an illness and looks at the impact of Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes. Link to the comment is free pages here



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