Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence - Women's helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice for victims of domestic violence

If you are in immediate danger always call the police, and always dial 999 if it is an emergency. They have a duty to protect and help you.

If you visit any of these websites, please read the 'hide your visit' or 'cover your tracks' safety information.

24hr Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid) Freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Refuge
refuge.org.uk
Thirty-five years ago Refuge set up the world's first refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become the largest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domestic violence.

Women's Aid Federation of England
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
womensaid.org.uk
For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention to abused women.

The Hideout
thehideout.org.uk
Website for children and young people witnessing domestic violence

Broken Rainbow
Helpline: 0300 999 5428 Freephone: 0800 999 5428
www.brokenrainbow.org.uk
Our National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline is run by trained LGBT people and provides a space where you can talk through what is going on, and explore your options.

FCO Forced Marriage Unit
Helpline: 020 7008 0151 (or 0044 20 7008 0151 if you are overseas)
fco.gov.uk
Our Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is dedicated both to preventing British nationals being forced into marriage overseas and to assisting anyone in the UK faced with the prospect of being forced into a marriage. If you are worried that you might be forced into a marriage or are worried about someone else who may be you should contact us.

Domestic Violence - male helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice for victims of domestic violence

If you are in immediate danger always call the police and always dial 999 if it is an emergency.

If you visit any of these websites, please read the 'hide your visit' or 'cover your tracks' safety information.

Mankind
Helpline: 01823 334244
mankind.org.uk

The Mankind Initiative supports male victims of domestic violence, though it helps all callers regardless of sex, race or sexual orientation. Call the helpline on 01823 334 244 at any time to receive up-to-date information on helpline availability or check out services at website. There is also a referral system for single men or men with children fleeing from domestic violence.

Broken Rainbow
Helpline: 0300 999 5428 Freephone: 0800 999 5428
brokenrainbow.org.uk

Our National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline is run by trained LGBT people and provides a space where you can talk through what is going on, and explore your options.

Men's Advice Line
Helpline: 0808 801 0327
mensadviceline.org.uk
Men in same-sex relationships
Monday and Wednesday 9am to 10pm

Offers advice, information and listening support for men with experience of domestic abuse. Includes help for men in same-sex and heterosexual relationships

Men's Aid
Helpline: 0871 223 9986 (8am to 8pm daily)
mensaid.co.uk

Provides free practical advice and support to men who have been abused.

Respect
Helpline for Male Victims of Domestic Violence: 0808 801 0327
Helpline for Domestic Violence Perpetrators: 0808 802 4040
respect.uk.net

Association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services.

"Violence is NOT the answer" says victim Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy

By posting that video, I knew that this was it, that I would have the strength to walk away because I knew there was no going back now

– Emma Murphy

A few weeks ago Fitness Blogger, Emma Murphy made the decision to upload a video of herself to Facebook revealing that her now ex-boyfriend and father of her two children had hit her and been violent on at least two previous occasions.

The video, posted on 6th July, immediately went viral and has since been viewed nearly ten million times.

Emma joins us today to talk about her experiences and how she wants to encourage other victims of domestic violence to get out of abusive relationships and seek help.

GETTING HELP AND SUPPORT

If you or a loved one are affected by domestic abuse, remember you are not alone
There are a range of services dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of both men and women that have suffered at the hands of a partner. Click on the links below for confidential help, advice and support.

Domestic violence helplines for women
Domestic violence helplines for men

Domestic violence helplines

If you are in immediate danger always call the police, and always dial 999 if it is an emergency. They have a duty to protect and help you.

Refuge

refuge.org.uk

35 years ago Refuge set up the world's first refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become the largest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domestic violence.

Women's Aid Federation of England

Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

womensaid.org.uk

For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention to abused women.

Victim Support Helpline

Helpline: 08453030900
Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm

victimsupport.com

Living with a beast

Even though he’s no longer here, sometimes it’s like he still is. The damage doesn’t go away...he tried to destroy everything that was beautiful but he can’t achieve that. I’ve got to rise above it.

– Dawn Marmoy

Suffering regular beatings over a course of ten years at the hands of her husband was an all too-common occurrence for Dawn Marmoy. The 61 year old made headlines at the end of last year when footage was released of her looking severely bruised and battered in the aftermath of a vicious attack.

Described by the policeman who found her as the "worst injuries i've ever seen on a living person" today Dawn told us just what it was like seeing the extent of those injuries for the first time three days later...

See Dawn's entire interview now on ITV Player
Catch up with all the topics from last week's Loose Women

Caught On Camera - A Domestic Abuse Rescue

You’ve got a life, and you deserve that life. These people make you feel worthless, completely useless; that’s not true. They deserve the punishment, you don’t, but until you tell someone, or say it’s ‘got to stop’, it will carry on. Do what you’ve got to do, but do it sooner than I did it.

– Dawn Marmony - Domestic Abuse survivor

Dawn Marmoy is re-building her life after years of abuse from her husband. He is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.

Michael John Gregory, aged 77, was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 2, 2014 after pleading guilty to assaulting Dawn at their home on the Isle of Wight on October 26, 2013.

Dawn's substantial injuries and Michael Gregory’s behaviour at home shortly after the assault were recorded on Body-Worn Video (BWV) cameras by two police constables who responded to a 999 call from Dawn. The distressing scene was all too common for Dawn, who had endured years of physical and mental abuse at his hands.

Today she'll be bravely joining our women to discuss the ordeal that night...

Domestic violence helplines for women
Domestic violence helplines for men
Catch up with the last week of Loose Women on ITV Player

“...the injuries were worst i’ve ever seen on a living person in 18 years of policing. I’m surprised Dawn is alive today.”

– PC Matthew Rumsey describes the moment he rescued Dawn on Oct 26 2013

Male Domestic Abuse

There’s an embarrassment in admitting you are being beaten by your girlfriend. There’s also fear and the feeling that as a man you won’t be believed.

– IAN MCNICHOLL

What a privilege it was to have Ian McNicholl with us today as we continue to raise awareness of the extent of Domestic Abuse here in the UK. Ian spoke candidly about his personal experience of violence at the hands of his ex-partner and what help is available to other men suffering in similar circumstances.

Share his powerful interview again now or watch the whole show again on ITV player.

For confidential help, support and advice on male domestic abuse visit ManKind or call the National Domestic Violence helpline on: 0808 2000 247

23% of men have experienced domestic violence

Until that point there had been ­absolutely nothing to suggest she was ­violent. She was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But of course what she had done was to establish my trust. I had fallen in love with her by that time.

– IAN MCNICHOLL

Back in September we launched the Loose Women Domestic Abuse campaign. Taken from our own survey, which questioned nearly 2,000 men the following statistics were found:

Almost a quarter of men (23%) have experienced domestic violence

Over half (56%) have never told anyone

Over a third (39%) of men wouldn’t want anyone to know

Ian McNicholls was so badly abused by his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Williamson that he needed cosmetic surgery. Her attacks - carried out over more than a year - included spraying bleach in his eyes, burning his arm with an iron and pouring two kettles full of boiling water over him.

Ian joins us today to share his own experiences of domestic abuse and how he is working towards changing public perception about domestic violence.

GETTING HELP AND SUPPORT

If you or a loved one are affected by domestic abuse, remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
There are a range of services dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of both men and women that have suffered at the hands of a partner. Click on the links below for confidential help, advice and support.

Dedicated Male Domestic Violence Charity Mankind
Refuge
Women's Aid
National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247