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Domestic Violence and Abuse

If you are scared, feeling threatened or you are being controlled by your partner, ex-partner for family member, then you may be experiencing domestic abuse.  It can include emotional, physical, financial, stalking, sexual abuse and most recently coercive and controlling behaviour.  You are not alone.  Domestic violence or abuse affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men at some time in their life. Anyone can experience domestic abuse, any gender, age, race, religious group, class, ethnicity, disability.  It is important to remember that you are not to blame for domestic violence.

There is a 24 hour free phone helpline in Nottinghamshire for women experiencing domestic violence.  To talk to someone about what you are going through or to get advice or support in leaving contact:

0808 800 0340 (24 hours)

0808 800 0341 textphone only (9-5)

Planning to leave:  Try to:

  • Save some money for a taxi or bus fares;
  • Take an extra set of keys for house/car;
  • Keep together things you might need to take with you – keys, benefit books, medical cards, passport, marriage certificate, address book, bank details, house documents;
  • Leave when it's safe to do so – the helpline can help you plan this;
  • Remember your mobile phone (if you have one);
  • Take any essential medicines for you and your children;
  • Take enough clothes and a few of your children’s favorite things;
  • Confide in a friend/family member - perhaps leave a bag, money, documents with them or stay there overnight if you have to leave in an emergency;
  • Ensure children know how to call 999 and what to say.

Other domestic violence support numbers you can call for help:

Across Nottinghamshire there are specialist domestic violence organisations: these might offer drop in sessions, offer emergency housing and phone support and advice.


Broxtowe Women’s Project

01773 718555

Midland’s Women’s Aid

0115 9257647

Newark Women’s Aid   

01636 679687

(NIDAS) North Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service

01623 683250

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid

01909 533610


Amber House Refuge    

0115 9414279

Roshni (Nottingham Asian Women’s Aid)

0115 9242864

Umuada Refuge

0115 9753254

Shine (housing related support)   

0115 8220833

Refs for Pets (if you need your pets housing if you leave)

07971 337264

Equation (for men)

0115 9623237


Other useful numbers/resources

Lets talk wellbeing (9-5pm)

01909 512351

Topaz Centre (sexual abuse and violence)

0845 6001588

Galop (same sex abuse)
(10-8 Mon, Thurs) and (10-5 Tues, Weds, Fri)

0800 999 5428

Nottingham Rape Crisis

0115 9410440

Victim Support Nottinghamshire (support on domestic violence for men and women)

0845 4503899

Forced Marriage Helpline 

0800 5999247

Forward (Female Genital Mutilation)

020 89604000


0800 1111

National Domestic Violence 24 hr helpline

0808 2000247


For more information on Domestic Violence:  www.ndvf.org.uk

For more information on healthy relationships for young people :  www.respectnotfear.co.uk

Things to Remember:-

If you are or someone you know is in danger or at serious risk, contact 999 immediately.

To access refuge, plan leaving, make a safety plan or just talk contact:

0808 800 0340 24 hours a day (language line available in 100 languages)

0808 800 0341 (Text Phone 9.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.)

This helpline is run by the Women’s Aid & Refuge

Helpline number for Agencies and referrals - 0115 9476490 (professionals who may be supporting a woman or child and needs advice)

Useful links

National Domestic Violence Helpline