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Domestic abuse: support and resources

Domestic abuse can mean lots of things. It can mean that someone is being physically violent towards you, but it can also mean that you feel frightened or controlled by a partner, ex-partner, or family member. Remember, it is not your fault if this is the case and there is no shame in seeking help.

Here is a list of resources and support that can help. But if you’re in immediate danger, call 999 now.

Women’s Aid, UK wide: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ Women’s Aid provides a live chat service seven days a week, 10am to 6pm. They also have a directory of local services that you can find here: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-abuse-directory/

Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline, England: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ Refuge provides a free, 24-hour helpline, which you can call on 0808 2000 247, as well as an online live chat.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline, Northern Ireland: https://dsahelpline.org/ You can call the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline on 0808 802 1414 at any time.

Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline, Scotland: https://www.sdafmh.org.uk/en/ The Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week too. They also offer an online live chat.

Live Fear Free, Wales: https://gov.wales/live-fear-free You can text or call Live Fear Free on 0808 80 10 800 anytime. You can also chat online or email them.

Ask for ANI codeword: You can ask for assistance in any pharmacy that has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display by asking a member of staff for ANI, which stands for Action Needed Immediately. They will offer you a private space and immediate support.

Safe Spaces: Safe Spaces are also available in Boots, Morrisons, Superdrug and Well pharmacies, TSB banks, and independent pharmacies across the UK. You can walk into any of these spaces and ask a member of staff to use their Safe Space. You will then be shown to the Safe Space, which will be a private room, and will be offered further support.