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Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic violence and abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This abuse can happen in many different ways such as: 

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Financial

In an emergency always dial 999

West Mercia Women's Aid is the lead agency in Herefordshire, located at the Berrows Business Centre in Hereford, HR4 9WB, working with women and children affected by domestic violence. There is usually access to an interpreter if you need one. The 24 hour helpline number is 0800 783 1359 or email to info@westmerciawomensaid.org

Domestic abuse doesn't just happen to women, men can be victims too. Visit the Men's Advice Line website or you can ring them on 0808 801 0327 or email info@mensadviceline.org.uk for specific advice for men affected by domestic abuse. ManKind Initiative can be contacted on 01823 334244 (weekdays 10am to 4pm).

Children and young people affected by domestic abuse 

Domestic abuse affects the whole family. Children who are affected by domestic abuse can be seriously harmed by it, whether seeing it, hearing it or being hurt trying to stop it. The hideout is a website which has been designed especially for children and young people to understand domestic abuse and what you can do.

If you are a young person affected by domestic abuse 

NSPCC state that 1 in 5 teenagers have been physically abused by their boyfriend or girlfriend. If this or any other form of abuse is happening to you please get help:

  • Tell someone you trust, be it a friend or a teacher, do not suffer alone
  • If you need help call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247, this is a free 24 hour service. They can give you advice on keeping safe and where you can get support
  • Speak to Childline on 0800 1111. They also have message boards so you can speak to other people online and tell someone how you feel
  • If there is a fight in your house and you feel scared ring 999. The police will come to your house at any time of day

National support 

  • Refuge is a national charity that supports women and children affected by domestic abuse. They run the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 alongside Women’s Aid. All of these sites have information and guidance on what support is available for you and your family

  • Karma Nirvana ring 0800 5999 247 if you are or have been affected by forced marriage or 'honour' crime. You can also visit The Forced Marriage Unit or ring on 020 7008 0151

  • Galop offers information and advice on sexual violence, domestic abuse and hate crimes for LGBT+
     

Do you need to hide your tracks?

Browsing the internet leaves tracks on your computer of what you have been looking at. If an abuser has access to the computer they may be able to see your browsing history. 

West Mercia Women's Aid has more details on how to hide your tracks, depending on your computer and browser.   

If you are concerned that someone is being abused then please report it.