Leaving an abusive relationship can be extremely difficult. You may feel unable to leave because children are involved or you have financial concerns, because you are scared or because you hope things will get better.
Whether you decide to leave or not there is help available for anyone experiencing any form of domestic abuse. There are many support groups that can advise you on practical ways to keep yourself safe, talk through your options or just offer a listening ear. You can find out more about the support available in your area here: www.thisisnotanexcuse.org and here www.lighthousevictimcare.org
You may also decide that you want to tell the police what has been happening.
If you feel you are in immediate danger you should call 999 otherwise you can contact us via our non- emergency number 101.
If you do decide to speak to us, you will be believed and you will be offered support throughout the process.
Here, domestic abuse survivor Chlo, talks about her experiences, she says:
“It can seem really daunting when you don’t know what is going to happen. But you should always have it explained to you. If you want to find out what’s going on you should ask the police for updates and they will explain it to you. They should keep you informed and make sure you are safe while the investigation is going on. I think people worry that if you talk to the police it is all going to go out of your control, but’s not.”
You can hear more from Chlo here: