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Domestic Abuse Panel

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Domestic abuse is when a family member or someone you're in a relationship with treats you in a way that harms you physically, emotionally, or sexually. It can include:

  • physical violence such as hitting, kicking, pushing or chocking
  • emotional abuse and controlling behaviour such as stopping you from seeing family or friends, being jealous or possessive, threatening, putting you down, bullying or blackmailing
  • sexual violence, such as forcing you to do something you don't want to do, pressuring you to have sex, or making you watch pornography
  • financial abuse, such as not letting you work or taking your money.

Domestic abuse happens in all communities to people from all backgrounds, and anyone can be a victim.
 

How to report domestic abuse

If you're worried about violence or abuse from your partner, ex-partner, or a member of your family, you can get help and advice.

For help in an emergency, call 999, or you can call the police on 101 in a non-emergency.

Report a domestic abuse incident online

Please note: This service is for reporting controlling, bullying, threatening, or violent behaviour between partners, ex-partners, family members, or carers.

If what you want to report to us involves people who aren't related to each other in that way, please use the online crime reporting service.
 

Who can help me in Plymouth?

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS) and refuge

Whether you are in the process of leaving a relationship, wish to stay, or have left, we can help. PDAS can provide office or community-based support, whichever is most appropriate.

Phone          01752 252033 or 562286 
Website       sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk
 

Trevi

Trevi is a local charity offering a range of support for women. The Sunflower Centre offers a safe space for women to receive support and connect with other women. 

Phone          01752 977614
Email            office@trevi.org.uk
Website       trevi.org.uk
 

Women's Aid

Women's Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.

Email            helpline@womensaid.org.uk
Website       womensaid.org.uk
 

Men's Advice Line

If you're a man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner (or ex-partner), call the Men's Advice Line. Men's Advice Line is a team of friendly advisors who will listen and believe you. Their team is available to offer you non-judgmental support, practical advice, and information.

Phone          0808 801 0327
Website       mensadviceline.org.uk
 

Victim Support

Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents. They provide specialist help to support people to cope and move on to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives.

Phone          0808 168 9111
Website       victimsupport.org.uk
 

Refuge

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is for women experiencing any kind of domestic abuse and concerned friends, family, and colleagues looking to support someone who may be experiencing domestic abuse.

Phone          0808 2000 247
Website       refuge.org.uk

 

31 national organisations that can help and support you

The organisations listed below can help support people who have experienced abuse. They can listen and guide you with whatever you need, and many of them are confidential. Their services differ, but they can include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual violence and rape
  • Spiking
  • Online harassment/harm
  • Stalking
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage
  • Support services for men and boys
  • Support services for children

 

1in6

1in6 can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          0808 800 5005
Website       1in6.uk
 



Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse.

Phone          07768 386922
Website       aafda.org.uk
 


 

Childline

Childline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking
  • support services for children.

Phone          0800 1111
Website       childline.org.uk
 



Forced Marriage Unit

The government's Forced Marriage Unit can support you if you are experiencing, requiring, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Website       gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage
 



Galop

Galop can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Phone          0800 9995428
Website       galop.org.uk
 



Hourglass

Hourglass can support you if you are experiencing, requiring, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Phone          0800 808 8141
Website       wearehourglass.org
 



IKWRO - Women's Rights Organisation

The IKWRO - Women's Rights Organisation can support you if you are experiencing, require, or worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Phone          0207 920 6460
Website       ikwro.org.uk
 



Jewish Women's Aid

Jewish Women's Aid can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Phone          0808 801 0656
Website       jwa.org.uk
 



Karma Nirvana: honour-based abuse and forced marriage helpline

The Karma Nirvana: honour-based abuse and forced marriage helpline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Phone          0800 5999 247
Website       karmanirvana.org.uk
 



Life Stuff

Life Stuff can support you if you are experiencing, require, or worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • spiking.

Website       life-stuff.org
 



Male Survivors Partnership

The Male Survivors Partnership can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • support services for men and boys.

Website       malesurvivor.co.uk/support-for-male-survivors/directory-of-services
 



ManKind Initiative

The ManKind Initiative can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          01823 334 244
Website       mankind.org.uk/help-for-victims/directory
 



Men's Advice Line - Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men

The Men's Advice Line - Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          0808 801 0327
Website       mensadviceline.org.uk
 



Muslim Women's Network

The Muslim Women's Network can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • sexual violence and rape.

Phone          0800 999 5768
Website       mwnuk.co.uk
 



NSPCC Childline

The NSPCC Childline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking
  • support services for children.

Phone          0808 800 5000
Website       nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/our-services/nspcc-helpline

 

NSPCC FGM helpline

The NSPCC FGM helpline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • FGM
  • sexual harassment.

Phone          x0800 028 3550
Website       nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/female-genital-mutilation-fgm
 



Parental Education Growth Support

Parental Education Growth Support can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • sexual harassment
  • stalking.

Website       pegsupport.co.uk
 



Refuge - National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Refuge - National Domestic Abuse Helpline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse.

Phone          0808 2000 247
Website       nationaldahelpline.org.uk
 



Restored

Restored can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse.

Website       restored-uk.org
 



Revenge Porn Helpline

The Revenge Porn Helpline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • stalking.

Phone          0345 600 0459
Website       revengepornhelpline.org.uk
 



Safeline National Telephone and Online Counselling Service

The Safeline National Telephone and Online Counselling Service can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual violence and rape.

Phone          01926 402 498
Website       safeline.org.uk
 



Sign Health

Sign Health can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse.

Phone          020 3947 2600
Website       signhealth.org.uk
 



Southall Black Sisters

Southall Black Sisters can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • forced marriage
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking
  • support services for children.

Phone          0208 571 9595
Website       southallblacksisters.org.uk
 



Survivors UK

Survivors UK can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          0203 598 3898
Website       survivorsuk.org
 



Suzy Lamplugh Trust: National Stalking Helpline

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust: National Stalking Helpline can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • stalking.

Phone          0808 802 0300
Website       suzylamplugh.org
 



The 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line

The 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • FGM
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • spiking
  • support services for children
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          0808 500 2222
Website       247sexualabusesupport.org.uk
 



The Financial Support Line for Victims of Domestic Abuse

The Financial Support Line for Victims of Domestic Abuse can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse.

Phone          0808 196 8845
Website       survivingeconomicabuse.org
 



The National Male Survivor Helpline and Online Service

The National Male Survivor Helpline and Online Service can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          0808 800 5005
Website       safeline.org.uk
 



The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • support services for children
  • support services for men and boys.

Phone          0808 801 0818
Website       thesurvivorstrust.org
 



Victim Support

Victim Support can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse
  • online harassment/harm
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual violence and rape
  • stalking.

Phone          0808 168 9111
Website       victimsupport.org.uk
 



Women's Aid

Women's Aid can support you if you are experiencing, require, or are worried about:

  • domestic abuse.

Website       womensaid.org.uk

 

Help for abusers

Respect phoneline

The Respect phoneline is a confidential and anonymous helpline offering advice, information, and support for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner.

Phone          0808 8024 040

Ahimsa

Ahimsa is a local domestic violence programme for those who are violent and/or abusive towards a partner or ex-partner.

Phone          01752 213535
Email            enquiries@ahimsa.org.uk
Website       ahimsa.org.uk

 

 

Free 24-hour helplines

  • Refuge: 0808 2000 247
  • NHS: 111
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Family lives: 0808 800 2222
  • Shelter: 0808 800 4444

 

View an A to Z Directory of domestic abuse-related groups or organisations

 

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