Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse 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 abuse 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.

Don't be a bystander

Domestic abuse campaign logos

Together with the West Lancashire Liberty Centre and Edge Hill Students Union, we have developed a social media campaign, 'Don't be a bystander'. The campaign aims to help encourage people who think that a friend, relative or colleague who is suffering from domestic violence, to get support, advice or assistance.

You can get involved and help raise awareness by retweeting messages from @libertycentre1 and @westlancsbc. You can also find out more by visiting Liberty Centre website -

Where to get help

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

For children affected by domestic abuse

  • 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

Lancashire Domestic Abuse Strategy

A lot of excellent work continues to take place in West Lancashire to support families and address the complex issues that domestic violence presents. The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) works very closely with the Police and Liberty Centre to tackle domestic abuse and support domestic abuse victims.