Fleeing domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse can be violence or the threat of violence or verbal, physical or psychological abuse.

  • Does your partner demand to know where you have been, what you have been doing, who you have been talking to?
  • Does your partner stop you seeing friends and family?
  • Are you afraid of your partner?
  • Does your partner hit, punch, shove, slap, kick, bite, spit or threaten you or your children?
  • Does your partner constantly criticise you or your abilities as a partner or parent?
  • Does your partner threaten consequences if you don’t do what they want?
  • Does your partner threaten you with legal sanctions, such as taking custody of the children?
  • Does your partner threaten you with violence, or themselves with harm if you leave?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

It is important to know that you are not alone, and that there are many services that can help you.

If you think you’re a victim of domestic abuse call 01474 337000 or visit The Civic Centre.

Or you can try:

  • The Police on 101 or in an emergency call 999
  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247
  • The Women's Support Project website
  • Choices - 0800 917 9948
  • The Mankind (male victims of domestic violence) website
  • Broken Rainbow (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people suffering domestic violence) on 0300 999 5428
  • The Rainbow Services (ending the cycle of family violence) website
  • Refuge Helpline - 0808 808 9999
  • Your Housing Association or landlord