Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone. Find out how to recognise the signs and where to get help.

Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members.

Domestic violence can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.



Getting help and support for domestic violence

You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.



  • Women and children can call the Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge via the following links for free at any time, day or night. The staff will offer confidential, non-judgemental information and support.

Refuge Website

Call the NDV Helpline on 0808 2000 247 

  • Men can call Men's Advice Line on 0808 8010 327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm), or visit the webchat at Men's Advice Line (Wednesday to Friday 10am to 11am and 3pm to 4pm) for non-judgemental information and support via the following links.

Men's Advice Line Website

Call Men's Advice Line on 0808 8010 327

  • People of the LGBT community can access support through the Galop Helpline. This can be accessed through the following links.

Galop Website

Call Galop Helpline on 0800 999 542


For more information on helpline and support available, click the following link.

Getting help for domestic violence