National Domestic Violence Helpline
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is a team of highly-trained, female advisers. We won't judge you or tell you what to do; we are here to listen.
What is abuse?
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control his partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after you have split up.
Anyone forced to change their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner or ex-partner's reaction is experiencing abuse.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. However, statistics show most domestic abuse is carried out by men and experienced by women.
Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.
Domestic abuse is a crime.
Spotting the signs
- Is your partner jealous and possessive?
- Is he charming one minute and abusive the next?
- Does he tell you what to wear, where to go, who to see?
- Does he constantly put you down?
- Does he play mind games and make you doubt your judgment?
- Does he control your money, or make sure you are dependent on him for everyday things?
- Does he pressure you to have sex when you don't want to?
- Are you starting to walk on eggshells to avoid making him angry?
- Does he control your access to medicine, devices or care that you need?
- Does he monitor or track your movements or messages?
- Does he use anger and intimidation to frighten and control you?
Your rights and options
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is support available. Your partner may tell you that nobody will believe you or help you. That is not the case. You are not alone. Here is information on the most common areas women who call the Helpline ask about.
- Legal help
- Help with housing
- Help with money
- Protecting my children
- Government benefits
- Domestic abuse services
- Protect yourself against tech abuse
Support for men experiencing domestic abuse
We recognise that men can experience domestic abuse too. Nobody should have to live in fear of their partner. There are specialist services to support men. Go to Men's Advice Line
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- 17 to 25 years old
- 26 to 64 years old
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