Understanding Domestic Abuse: Help, Support & Clare's Law - Help and Support: Domestic Abuse

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Help And Support: Domestic Abuse


Domestic abuse can impact individuals from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. Whether it manifests as physical violence or controlling behaviours, both men and women may find themselves in dire need of assistance.

Additionally, concerned family members and friends who suspect a loved one is trapped in an abusive relationship can reach out to the police or appropriate charitable organizations for guidance and assistance.

In situations requiring immediate intervention, where an individual’s safety is at imminent risk, it is crucial to dial 999 for immediate police assistance. For those who are unable to speak and are making the call from a mobile device, pressing 55 will connect them to the police, ensuring swift response and support.

You can also find a list of mental health helplines here >


Clare’s Law

Under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare’s Law, you can:

  • apply for information about your current partner because you’re worried they may have a history of abuse and are a risk to you
  • request information about the current partner of a friend or relative because you’re worried they might be at risk

National organisations

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247 – 24/7 helpline

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The Mankind Initiative (men only)

01823 334244 – office hours

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Men’s Advice Line (men only)

0808 801 0327

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Galop LGBT+ helpline

0800 999 5428

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The Hourglass confidential helpline provides information and support to anyone concerned about harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person.

0808 808 8141

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National Stalking Helpline

Guidance on the law, how to report stalking, gathering evidence, staying safe and reducing the risk.

0808 802 0300

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Victim Support

Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family and friends. They also provide services for victims and survivors of any abuse or crime, regardless of when it occurred or if the crime was reported.

0808 1689 111 – 24/7 helpline

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Even more support

Women’s Aid have a directory of domestic abuse support services across the UK >

Alternatively, find a comprehensive list of organisations on GOV.UK >

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