Domestic abuse is the abuse of someone within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control another person – usually a partner, ex-partner or other family member.
Abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, or a combination of these. Anyone forced to alter their behaviour because they’re frightened of someone’s reaction is being abused.
If you are in immediate danger, phone 999, or get someone else to phone, and state whether you need the police, ambulance or fire service. Move to a safe place, avoiding kitchens or stairs, and stay near a door for a quick escape. If in doubt, get out.
If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.
If you need general advice, information or support:
- Get information resources, and a searchable directory of services for people experiencing domestic abuse, and for professionals at endthefear.co.uk, Manchester’s multi-agency Domestic Abuse website
- Contact Manchester Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline a free, confidential line whose staff can provide advice, help you formulate a safety plan, and access refuge spaces across the country. Tel: 0161 636 7525.
- Male victims of abuse can get help and advice from mensadviceline.org.uk on 0808 801 0327
- Phone the National Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
- If you are concerned about your own behaviour, and worry that you already are or could become abusive, get support at thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/am-i-abusive