Professional seeking advice or information on domestic violence
If you are a professional seeking further information on domestic violence
Survivors who experience domestic violence face many practical
and emotional obstacles to leaving a violent partner. These can
vary from problems of housing, children and money, to feelings
ranging from love to terror. Constant abuse and criticism can also
destroy a woman’s self-esteem.
Professionals seeking information on behalf of women
experiencing domestic violence can obtain direct online help and
support from the links below.
If you are providing help or support to an abused woman, please
use these links to inform yourself of how best to support her and
where to make appropriate direct referrals to other services e.g.
refuge services. Please do this before ringing the Helpline
directly wherever possible, as this will mean that we can
prioritise calls from abused women themselves.
Professionals can also encourage women to call the Freephone 24
Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run by Women’s Aid
and Refuge. The Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by fully trained
female helpline workers and volunteers. All calls are completely
You can also link up with other professionals and agencies
working to stop domestic violence in your local area via the
domestic violence forum.
Professionals – you can learn more about domestic
violence, and find out whether you are experiencing abuse.
Frequently asked questions
A series of frequently asked questions about domestic
Myths about domestic violence
Read about the many myths surrounding domestic violence.
The Survivor’s Handbook
The Survivor’s Handbook is a comprehensive resource for
women experiencing domestic violence. The handbook comprises short
sections covering every aspect of seeking help and support, and
includes information on how to help a friend who is experiencing
domestic violence and safety planning.
What about my children?
Learn how domestic abuse can affect children and what can be
done to help them.
A-Z of local refuges
If you would like to encourage someone you know to self-refer to
a local refuge, please visit the A-Z of local refuges to access
public contact details.
Some useful statistics on domestic violence.
Hearing from women who have survived violence and abuse is an
inspiration. Read their stories to find out more.
The Hideout supports children and young people living with
domestic violence, or to those who may want to help a friend. The
site gives information on domestic violence and helps children
identify whether it is happening in their home.
Further information, including links to more domestic violence
organisations, can be accessed via the Women’s Aid and Refuge
websites – www.womensaid.org.uk and