Domestic Abuse

For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services.  You are not alone. 

The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus  does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Where to get help

If you believe you are being abused, please use the services on this page.

Call 999

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police – the police will continue to respond to emergency calls. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can.  Then follow the instructions depending on whether you are calling from a mobile or a landline.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Refuge runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which you can call for free, and in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid has a range of direct services for survivors, including a live chat service and an online Survivors’ Forum. 

Men’s Advice Line

The  Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.

Telephone: 0808 801 0327

Galop – for members of the LGBT+community

Galop runs the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse specialist helpline : 08009995428

Email: [email protected]


Hestia provides a free mobile app, Bright sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.


Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages about identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.

Karma Nirvana

If you are suffering abuse from your family or community because they say  that you have compromised their honour or if they are trying to force you into marriage, you can get help.

telephone: 0800 5999247

Email: [email protected]

BME Specialist services


Southall Black Sisters

Diasbility Specialist services

SignHealth        Telephone:02039472601

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