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Domestic abuse support

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse and violence currently affects approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men at some point in their life. On average 2 women each week are murdered by their partner or ex-partner. Domestic abuse and violence can occur between parents/carers, couples in same sex relationships and between young people, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, religion, race, sexuality, class, or disability.

Domestic Abuse also includes other forms of abuse such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage (FM), and ‘honour’ based violence (HBV), that are perpetrated primarily by family members, and often with multiple perpetrators.

The Home Office defines domestic violence as: - "Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Online or digital abuse
  • Coercive Control "

Who can help?

In an emergency always contact the police – 999


Juno Women's Aid (Women, Children, Teenagers)  0808 800 0340  
Equation (Male support)                                                        0115 960 5556
National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Helpline Number    0808 2000 247  
Mens Advice Line                                                                    0808 801 0327
Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS)  01623 683 250
Galop (LGBT+)                                                                            0800 999 5428
National Stalking Helpline                                                        0808 802 0300
Samaritans 116 123
Amber House Refuge                                                                0115 941 4279
Roshni (Nottingham Asian Women’s Aid)                              0115 924 2864
Umuada Refuge                                                                          0115 975 3254
Shine (housing related support)                                              0115 822 0833
Refs for Pets (if you need your pets housing if you leave) 07971 337264


In addition men and women can contact:

  • If you are male and would like further information from specialist domestic violence services please contact: Men's Advice Line.
  • If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, there is Galop
  • If you are affected by honor based violence and forced marriage, please contact: Karma Nirvana
  • Confidential information and advice is available if you are abusive and would like to change your behaviour contact Respect
  • Support for young people and children living with domestic violence or who want to help a friend contact The Hideout
  • For 9 to 11 year old to access information about healthy/unhealthy relationships :The Great Project
  • For 12 to 18 year olds to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships: Respect Not Fear
  • White Ribbon Campaign is an international charity that has been developed by men. It asks men to stand united against violence towards women and girls.