For most of us, the festive season is a happy time. It allows us to spend time with our families and friends and take a well-earned break from work. But for others, it is the most feared time of the whole year. Domestic abuse rises significantly during the festive period.
Domestic abuse can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.
How to get help
- In an emergency, call 999
- Women can call The Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refugeon 0808 2000 247 for free at any time, day or night. The staff will offer confidential, non-judgemental information and support
- Talk to a doctor, health visitor or midwife
- Men can call Men's Advice Lineon 0808 8010 327 (Monday and Wednesday, 9am to 8pm, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm) for non-judgemental information and support
- Men can also call ManKindon 0182 3334 244 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
- If you identify as LGBT+ you can call Galopon 0800 999 5428 for emotional and practical support
- Anyone can call Karma Nirvanaon 0800 5999 247 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) for forced marriage and honour crimes. You can also call 020 7008 0151 to speak to the GOV.UK Forced Marriage Unit
- You can also email for support. It is important that you specify when and if it is safe to respond and to which email address:
- Women can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff will respond to your email within 5 working days
- Men can email email@example.com
- LGBT+ people can email firstname.lastname@example.org
You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.