Leaving an abusive relationship is very difficult and so it’s a good idea to get some support. The best starting point, for women, is to contact the national domestic abuse helpline. This is 0808 2000 247 and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or you can email them on helpline@womensaid.org.uk.  This is totally confidential and is somewhere you can discuss all your options.  There is also lots of information on domestic abuse and how to get help on the Women’s Aid website which is at www.womensaid.org.uk

Men experiencing abuse can call the MALE helpline on 0808 801 0327 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or email info@mensadviceline.org.uk  or visit the MALE website at www.mensadviceline.org.uk  .

For local North Somerset help around domestic abuse contact the DAFFS line on 0800 69 49 999 (weekdays, 9am-6pm).

Supporting someone else affected by domestic abuse

If you are concerned about a neighbour, friend, family member, or someone else who may be living with domestic abuse you can contact Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555111. You will not be asked for your details and the information will be passed on, anonymously, to the police who will match it up with any other information and work out how best to help.

Alternatively, you can call any of the above helplines for advice about how best to help.

Visit www.saferstrongerns.co.uk  for information about all types of crime, including domestic abuse. The domestic abuse hub includes advice for people living with domestic abuse as well as people who want to help support them. This includes a downloadable Friends and Family Guide.  Or contact community@n-somerset.gov.uk for more information.