Domestic Violence Helplines & Support

This post is a part of our guide series to support anyone who may be experiencing domestic violence or has questions on what they should do:

What is Domestic Violence?
Who Commits Domestic Violence and Why?
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Domestic Violence?
How to Handle & Deal with Domestic Violence
How to Escape (or Help Someone Else Escape) Domestic Violence
How to Heal and Recover from Domestic Violence
What Impacts Does Domestic Violence Have on Victims and Their Family/Friends?
How to report Domestic Violence (and Who to Report it to)
How is Domestic Violence Proven in Court?
Punishment and Sentencing for Violent Domestic Abuse
How can Domestic Violence be Prevented?
What Effects Does Domestic Violence Have on Wider Society?
Domestic Violence Data & Statistics
Domestic Violence Helplines, Support & Further Reading

If you’re in an abusive relationship with a spouse or partner, you have a right to move forward and get away from the abusive relationship.

There are many organisations that can help by talking through your options. As difficult as it may be, try to keep as much evidence as you can of the abuse, this will really help depending on which route you decide to take.

To get help and advice about domestic violence, you can contact the following organisations;

Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline (ran by Refuge)

0808 200 0247

You can speak to a member of the National Domestic Abuse Helpline team at any time, day or night. Their team will offer you confidential, non-judgmental expert support to help you with your experience. The Helpline can also help you to access refuge accommodation and other domestic violence services.

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

A confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. They offer advice and emotional support as well as being able to signpost to other services that can help keep you and your children safe.

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

0808 802 9999

Open between 12:00-14.30 and 19:00-21:30 every day of the year, a free confidential and emotional support service for women and girls aged over 16 who have experienced sexual violence.

Respect phoneline

0808 802 4040 (Mon- Friday 9am- 8pm)  (Mon- Fri 9am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-12pm, 4pm-6pm)

Offers advice and support to perpetrators of domestic violence aimed to stop them from abusing their current or ex-partner.


116 123 (freephone)
Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK

PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA

Provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. The telephone helpline is operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Victim Support

0808 168 9111

Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.

Women’s Aid

A directory of domestic abuse support services across the UK. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or are worried about friends or family, you can access the Women’s Aid live chat service 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm.

If in immediate Danger…

If you or anyone you know are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find out how to call the police when you can’t speak

We understand how difficult it is to experience abuse, whether it is yourself or someone you know, sometimes trying to find help is not easy. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and the first step that you should take is to talk to someone. No one should have to deal with abuse alone.

Here at the Criminal Injuries Helpline, we help victims of violent crime and abuse recover compensation. You may want to help the victim gain some justice, get in touch with us today to see if the victim would qualify.

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