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Domestic violence

Domestic violence is not just physical violence. Do you recognise any of the signs below either in your relationship, or that of a friend, a workmate or family member?

  • Prevented from seeing family and friends
  • Prevented from using a phone, or phone being destroyed
  • Threats to kill you, themselves, pets, children
  • Threats to take children away or that they will be taken away
  • Being choked or strangled
  • Controlling your behaviour and life (e.g. dress, being timed when going out, being unable to work or be in education)
  • Threats to find you if you leave, or that they can't live without you
  • Being threatened with weapons (whether knives, guns or household items that are used as weapons)
  • Not being allowed to rest or sleep properly
  • Being forced or coerced into having sex or being raped
  • Playing mind games
  • Making you feel 'mad' or 'bad'
  • Having to account in detail for money spent
  • Being called humiliating names

Domestic violence can take many forms and people who are victims of it can be abused in any number of ways - only a few are highlighted above.

For many victims, leaving an abusive and controlling relationship can be a risky and dangerous time. Victims do not have to end their relationship or leave their home to ring a helpline for support and to talk things over.

Where to get help

If you want any support or information about domestic violence, you can contact:

For children affected by domestic violence

  • The Hide Out (external link) - website created by Women's Aid giving support to children and young people affected by domestic violence
  • NSPCC (external link) -  Help and advice for children and young people and for adults concerned about a child

Domestic Violence Strategy

Much excellent work has already taken place in West Lancashire to support families and address the complex issues that domestic violence presents. And we are working towards are more co-ordinated response to the problem, which aims to support and encourage partnership and multi-agency working.

The West Lancashire Domestic Violence Strategy is now supported by the West Lancashire Domestic Violence Resource Directory which contains a directory of services together with key information related to domestic violence issues.