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Registered Charity No: 1094696
Domestic Violence Support Service for Men & Women
Abuse may include physical or sexual violence, threats, control, manipulation, humiliation, stalking or other forms of domestic or relationship abuse.
Deciding what to do can take time. You may wish to involve the police or talk to Voice4Change. It is important to access support, particularly if you are considering leaving your partner.
We run a range of services which can help keep you and your children safe, from refuges to community-based schemes to independent advocates who can support you through the criminal justice system. No matter what your experience of violence (domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence, FGM, human trafficking and modern slavery) our team of experts are here to support you. Please call Voice4change on 0151 345 0174.
A useful first step out of business hours is to call the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid, on 0808 2000 247. A Helpline worker will support you, in confidence, to work through your options.
If you are still living with your partner and want to protect your children...
- Be ready to call 999 if you or your children are in danger
- Make notes of abusive incidents, including times, dates, names and details of injuries – these can be important if you need to access legal and welfare rights
- Keep copies of abusive text messages, emails and letters
- Keep some money and a set of keys in a safe place
- Find out about your legal and housing rights – talk to a solicitor if possible
- Explore what civil or criminal options might be available to you, including restraining orders and injunctions such as non-molestation and occupation orders (which can ban a perpetrator from your home)
- Keep copies of important papers (passports, birth certificates, court orders, marriage certificate) in a safe place
- Carry a list of emergency numbers: police, relatives, friends, and the National Domestic Violence Helpline
- Tell someone you trust about the abuse
- Make calls from a phone box or a friend’s house
- Report any injuries to your GP so there is a record of the abuse
- Talk to family and friends about staying with them in an emergency
- Think about safe escape routes
Above all, remember the abuse is not your fault and Voice4Change is here to support you and you can talk through your options safely.