Domestic Violence Support

If you or someone you know is suffering or witnessing domestic violence, seek help. Below is a list of specialist organisations who can offer support and assistance. If you visit any of the websites, please read the ‘hide your visit’/ ‘cover your tracks’/ safety information or click on ‘Exit website’.

Government advice 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police – even during the Coronavirus Crisis, the police will continue to respond to emergency calls.

If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. Then follow the instructions depending on whether you are calling from a mobile or a landline.

If you call 999 from a mobile:

  • If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard – this will transfer your call to the police.
  • Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.

If you call 999 from a landline:

  • If only background noise can be heard and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, then you will be connected to a police call handler.
  • If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick up again.
  • When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.

 

Refuge

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

 

Women’s Aid

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

 

Men’s Advice

0808 8010327

https://mensadviceline.org.uk/

 

NSPCC

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

0808 800 5000

18 or under – 0800 1111

 

TDAS

https://www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/find-services/domestic-abuse/devon/torbay-domestic-abuse-service-tdas

Torbay Business Park, Paignton

0800 916 147

 

CLARE’S LAW – checking new partners criminal history

https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/alpha/request-information-under-clares-law/

 

Boots Pharmacy

Victims are now able to visit their nearest Boots pharmacy and visit their safe space consultation room. From there, they have access to a 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline, the men’s advice line and phone numbers for services specific to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Bright Sky Domestic Abuse App

https://www.hestia.org/brightsky

Available in 4 Languages:  English, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish.

A secure My Journal tool to record incidents of abuse via text, audio, video or photo form without any of the content being saved on the device itself.

 

Dame Project

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/research-and-publications/dame-project

 

The Hideout

Website for children and young people witnessing domestic violence.

thehideout.org.uk

Aimed at 16-25 year olds, this website explores what is and isn’t a healthy relationship – from physical violence to coercive control, how to get help and what the law can do for you.

 

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 999 5428

 

Young Minds

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-domestic-violence

 

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