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Domestic abuse and Christmas: help is always there

Christmas is not always a time of peace and goodwill. The holiday period will inevitably create additional strains on family life through kids being off school for two weeks, illness (COVID is still out there), financial stresses due to the cost of living, or simply being together in the home much more than usual.

At LGFL, we are acutely aware that for for those affected by domestic abuse and/or coercive control, the home may not be the safest place to be.

The time to act is NOW

Remember, the UK emergency services are here to help everyone, anytime. If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, the time to act is NOW.

  • Call 999 and if possible, get yourself and your children to a place of safety. The police WILL respond.
  • Women, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
  • Men, call the ManKind confidential helpline on 01823 334244

Once you’re safe, contact us for professional legal advice on how to proceed.

There are also local and national organisations who can help anyone suffering from domestic and/or emotional abuse to change their situation. We’ve listed their details below, or you can also download the list as a PDF.

National Helplines

24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

 

Respect (perpetrators)

0808 802 4040

https://respectphoneline.org.uk

 

Karma Nirvana

(National Honour Based Abuse Helpline)

0800 599 9247

https://karmanirvana.org.uk

 

Victim Support Domestic Abuse

08 08 16 89 111

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/domestic-abuse/

 

County Services

Berkshire - Women's Aid

01189 504 003

https://www.berkshirewomensaid.org.uk

 

Hampshire - Stop Domestic Abuse

0330 053 3630 - option 3

https://stopdomesticabuse.uk/

 

Hampshire - Domestic Abuse Prevention Partnership

03300 165 112

https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/domesticabuse

 

Surrey - The Sanctuary

01483 776822

https://www.yoursanctuary.org.uk/

 

Female Support

Women’s Refuge

A safe place for women in need

0808 2000 247

https://refuge.org.uk/

 

Women’s Aid (Live chat)

https://chat.womensaid.org.uk

Live chat

 

Male Support

Mankind - Helping Men Escape

01823 334 244

https://mankind.org.uk

 

Respect Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

https://mensadviceline.org.uk

 

AMIS Scotland

03300 949 395

https://abusedmeninscotland.org

 

LGBTQ+ Support

Galop National Helpline for LGBT+ Victims and Survivors of Abuse and Violence

0800 999 5428

https://galop.org.uk/

 

Child Services

NSPCC - Child Protection Helpline

0808 800 5000

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/domestic-abuse/

 

Childline

0800 1111

https://www.childline.org.uk

 

Helpful Websites

Resolution

Cafcass

Leiper Gupta Family Lawyers

NSPCC

 

Need legal advice?

Contact us at LGFL in complete confidence.