Who can help?

National Domestic Violence
24 hr freephone helpline for women
0808 2000 247
www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

National Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
Mon to Fri: 9am – 5pm
www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Galop
Making life safe, just and fair for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. 020 7704 2040

www.galop.org.uk

Children and Young People
Childline 0800 1111 and
NSPCC Helpline 0800 800 5000

Leeds Social Services
Adult Social Care – 0113 222 4401
Children’s Social Work Services –
0113 222 4403
Emergency Out of Hours – 0113 240 9536​

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Local and National Support Agencies

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Leeds Domestic Violence and Abuse

Help to support someone you know:

No one deserves to be abused. There are a number of things someone can do if they are experiencing violence and abuse from a partner but none of them are easy and they may not provide a complete or immediate end to the abuse.

Why don’t they leave?

There are all sorts of reasons why people stay in abusive situations. They may still love their partner and want the violence to end but not the relationship.

They may be terrified of the consequences of leaving - the abuser may have threatened to kill them or the children – and leaving a violent person is a dangerous time.

They may be worried about practical issues – housing, childcare, finances.

They may be so worn down by the abuse; they may lack the confidence to leave.

Leaving a violent relationship is a long and difficult process and usually involves returning more than once.

Your support can be crucial.

Some of the things you can do are:

·         Listen without judging
·         Help the person work out what they want to do
·         Encourage them to seek help or call the Police
·         Call the Police if you witness or hear assaults
·         Support children with practical help
·         Provide help with safety planning

If you want to read what women say about why they return to abusive men, download Why Women Go Back by Bravehearts, women from a Yorkshire refuge from the Related Documents section on this page.
 
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