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Commonly known as: violence, domestic violence, domestic abuse, sexual violence, bullying


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In an emergency call 999

If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member or your own behaviour, it is an emergency.

We know all forms of trauma can impact upon people’s mental wellbeing and this is a particular issue for those who are experiencing or have experienced any form of violence against women, domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse (VAWDASV).

Research also shows that people with mental health needs are more likely to have experienced each type of abuse, especially sexual abuse.

All forms of VAWDASV are fundamental breaches of human rights committed against women, men, and children. Every year lives are damaged needlessly.

What to do if you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member and/or if you’re worried about your own behaviour. 

  • In an emergency call 999
  • Contact local services or the Live Fear Free helpline for advice 0808 80 10 800 [email protected]


Last updated: 28.07.2022

Resources on abuse, domestic violence and aggression

We have collected various resources on abuse and violence from accredited sources to help you or your loved ones.

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Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) – New Pathways

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Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) – Gwent Safeguarding – Resources, training support and advice

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Domestic Abuse Citizens Advice – What you can do when you’re fleeing from violence in the home, including finding emergency accommodation

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Domestic Violence – NHS Self-help Guide

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Abuse – NHS Self-help Guide

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Helplines and organisations to help victims of abuse

If you, a family member a friend, or someone you are concerned about has experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can contact one of the organisations below. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

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Live Fear Free

Get in touch with Live Fear Free advisors free of charge by phone, online chat, text or email.

Live Fear Free can provide help and advice to:

  • anyone experiencing domestic abuse
  • anyone who knows someone who needs help. For example, a friend, family member or colleague
  • practitioners seeking professional advice.


Visit Live Fear Free website ➝
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Hourglass Cymru

Hourglass Cymru is the only national charity dedicated to calling time on the harm and abuse of older people.

Available 24/7 – This Helpline is confidential and free, and our number will not show up on your phone bill.

Visit Hourglass Cymru website ➝
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Childline – for children and young people under 19

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Call on 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill.

Visit the Childline website ➝
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