Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse – any age, any background, any situation. It isn’t just about violence – domestic abuse is about power and control, so it can be emotional and sexual abuse and controlling who they see, how they behave, access to money or when they can leave the home.
If you are worried that a friend, neighbour or loved one is a victim of domestic abuse then taking the time to learn about abuse and how to support someone are two important steps in helping your loved one reach safety and freedom. You can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.
If you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, always call 999. Never put yourself in danger.
Women’s Aid has helpful information on how to support someone – male or female – who is experiencing domestic abuse.
Let the person know you’ve noticed something is wrong.
They might not be ready to talk but try to find quiet times when they can talk if they choose to. Don’t push them to talk if they don’t want to.
If someone confides in you that they’re suffering domestic abuse: