We run a confidential domestic abuse helpline that offers advice and information to people who want to talk through their options.
Domestic abuse is any form of unacceptable personal abuse and happens to women, men and children. At some point in their lives, it will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men.
It can be committed by a partner or ex-partner, or a family member and can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviours. Domestic abuse can also include issues such as coercive control, forced marriage and honour crimes.
- 2 women a week and 1 man a fortnight are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner.
- 1 in 4 people identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender experience domestic abuse during their lifetime
Domestic Abuse manifests itself in many ways
Domestic abuse can be defined as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial or economic abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online or digital abuse
For some people, disclosing they are a victim of Domestic Abuse can be very difficult. We understand the barriers victims might face, so to help we run a confidential domestic abuse helpline that offers advice and information to people who want to talk through their options.
You can call the Domestic abuse helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 980 3331 available for Women and Men
There is also a dedicated Male helpline 0800 014 9082 that runs on a Tuesday every week 11am-3pm, however we will get back to any messages left outside of that time as soon as we can.
GALOP (LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline): 0800 9995 428
We understand that victims may not feel safe and may need to leave their partner/family members quickly. In Worcestershire, Women’s Aid operate a safe refuge space for women and their children fleeing abuse.
Rooftop Housing Group also operate a safe-house provision that you can be referred to. This is open to men and/or women fleeing abuse with or without children.
Tel: 01386 565000
Tel: 01905 722589
Redditch Borough housing
Tel: 01527 534069
For victims of domestic abuse, Rooftop offers a number of support services.
If you feel you would like support please call 0800 980 3331.
If you are a professional wanting to refer someone please go to the West Mercia Women's Aid Website
- Support for men - The service provides advice and support, offering a tailored programme of one-to-one support, helping with any issues experienced due to current domestic abuse, or because of domestic abuse in a previous relationship. We also provide a bespoke group programme for men
- Male Domestic Abuse Helpline – available 24hrs daily 0800 014 9082
- We provide Wychavon housing district with safe accommodation
- We provide Domestic Abuse support to survivors living in safe accommodation throughout Worcestershire.
Open to female victims of domestic abuse, these programmes are run by West Mercia Women's Aid and are designed to help women work towards greater empowerment and awareness of the dynamics of abuse and how this affects her and her children.