#MakeAStand – Supporting victims of Domestic Violence

As part of our June 2018 Chartered Institute of Housing #MakeAStand pledge, and as a leading provider of support for women and children affected by domestic abuse victims, we are keenly aware of the scale of abuse in the home within our communities and the need for the housing sector to take a leading role in responding to this issue which could save a life.

Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone. Find out how to recognise the signs and where to get help.

Firstly, if you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online.

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You don't have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.

  • You can talk to your Doctor, Health Visitor or Midwife
  • Women can call 0808 2000 247, the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/
  • Men can call the Men's Advice Line free on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or ManKind on01823 334 244
  • In an emergency, always call 999

Within your own community there may well be local organisations who can provide you with support, alternatively the following organisations can also provide assistance:

  • The Survivor's Handbook from the charity Women's Aid is free, and provides information for women on a wide range of issues, such as housing, money, helping your children, and your legal rights. The Women’s Aid Survivors Forum is a safe, anonymous, space for women (over 18) who have been affected by domestic abuse to share their experiences and support one another: https://survivorsforum.womensaid.org.uk/
  • Men can also email info@mensadviceline.org.uk, which can refer men to local places that can help, such as health services and voluntary organisations.
  • For forced marriage and "honour" crimes, contact Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 https://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/ or The Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151.
  • Galop provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.
  • Anyone who needs confidential help with their own abusive behaviour can contact Respect on their free helpline on 0808 802 4040.
  • Refuge: Their vision is being committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety. They aim to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear and provide a range of life-saving and life-changing services, and a voice for the voiceless. For information and support visit: https://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/
  • The National Domestic Violence Helpline: The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, is run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge and is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Call 0808 2000 247 or visit: http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/
  • Women’s Aid: As a federation of over 180 organisations, Women’s Aid provide just under 300 local lifesaving services to women and children across the country. For support visit: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

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