Help for women being abused
Domestic abuse is abuse from a current or previous partner. It doesn’t have to mean violence. Your partner may say threatening or hurtful things, or try to control how you behave. You have the right to live free from abuse.
Call 999 if you are frightened or in danger. Do not retaliate – it's not safe for you or your partner.
Help to stay safe
You need to think about looking after your physical and mental health. You can also find out more about how to protect your children.
You have choices about what to do if you live with an abusive partner. You may choose to:
- leave home temporarily or permanently
- stay, with the hope that your partner or ex-partner will change
- stay, accepting that your partner or ex-partner won’t change
- take legal action by contacting the police or using the law to protect you
- talk to a family member, friend or organisation
Find out about advice on welfare benefits and money matters.