Domestic Abuse Support Page
Always dial 999 in an emergency
If you can't speak because someone is there,
and follow instructions.
Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is more than a 'regular' argument between a 'normal' couple. All couples have their up's and downs, this does not mean that the relationship is abusive.
Abusive relationships have their own pattern of poor behaviours which determine that the relationship is unhealthy and abusive.
Abuse is a repeated pattern of negative behaviour and is complex because each situation is unique.
There are many determining factors that deem a relationship as abusive.
Which of these behaviours do you consider to be abusive?
Each situation and relationship is unique, if you are concerned that you are a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse, please seek professional help.
Survivors Story - Samantha Billingham
I didn't know I was a victim until it was too late and when I sat filling out the Women's Aid questionnaire, tears streamed down my face as at that moment I learned that I had been a victim of domestic abuse for the last 3 years of my life. I had never heard of the term domestic abuse before so I learnt the hard way. I was so embarrassed and ashamed to speak out to anyone about what I was going through.
Acknowledge that they are experiencing domestic abuse
How best to support victims
- Samantha Billingham - SODA -
What is Clare's Law?
Clare Woods lived in Greater Manchester and was a mum of one.
Clare was only 36 years of age when she was murdered by her boyfriend George Appleton.
He had a history of violence against women.
Her horrific murder took place in 2009.