Don't suffer in silence

23 March 2015 Last updated at 13:32

One woman in four (and one man in six) in the UK will be a victim of domestic violence and abuse during their lifetime, according to research estimates. Shockingly two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner. If you’re experiencing domestic violence or abuse, don’t despair.
My Great Place looks at how Great Places can help.

What can we do to help?

If you (or someone you know) is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic violence, we can help.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

You’re not to blame

Domestic violence is one of the most common types of under reported or “hidden” crimes. It is not easy to accept that a loved one can behave so aggressively. Because you cannot explain their behaviour, you may think you are to blame. You are not. No one deserves to be assaulted, abused or humiliated, least of all by a loved one. It is your abuser’s behaviour that needs to change.

How to get help

The most important thing you can do is to tell someone and protect yourself and/or your children. We will listen without judging you, and offer advice. Everything you tell us will be treated in complete confidence. You can report domestic violence to any member of staff at Great Places. If it is more convenient, we can meet you at another location. Our staff are fully trained and you will be treated with complete discretion. If you need the help of an interpreter we will arrange this for you. If we visit you, we will always show an identity card and will respect your home, privacy, customs and culture. 

Please call 0300 123 1966, email or visit our Community Safety page

If you need to call us out of office hours, please use our ASB reporting line 0845 250 4626 which is also open 24 hours on bank holidays and weekends.