Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control their partner.  Any male or female experiencing psychological abuse, economic abuse, sexual abuse, coercive control, physical abuse or tech abuse should seek support and advice. 

·       If you are in an emergency call 999

·       Male victims can contact Respect, a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse in any relationship. To access the service call T: 0808 801 0327 lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 – 20.00.

·       Female victims can contact Refuge National Domestic Violence Helpline which provides support for women experiencing domestic violence including forced marriages, technology abuse and modern-day slavery.  The service operates 24 hours a day, to access the service call, T: 0808 200 0247

·       LGBT+ victims can contact Galop a domestic abuse helpline call, T: 0800 999 5428 or email: Lines are open Monday to Friday 10.00 – 17.00 and Wednesday and Thursday 10.00 – 20.00.

A refuge is a safe house for victims of abuse, and their children, to escape to and access support to help them rebuild their lives and live a life free from abuse.   Helpline advisers can assist households needing to secure a safe place to stay.

The National Centre for Domestic Violence provide a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse and violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.  The service allows anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic abuse or violence to apply for an emergency court injunction, this can sometimes be issued within 24 hours of making contact with NCDV. For further details call 0800 970 2027, text NCDV to 60777 or email,

The Council’s website hosts advice and details of other services providing support, advice and housing options for anyone experiencing domestic abuse.