Your personal safety
Domestic abuse is a crime under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, is not just physical violence and can affect people from all walks of life.
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes forced marriage, ‘so-called’ honour based abuse, female genital mutilation and abuse relating to gender identity or sexuality.
Domestic abuse isn’t always between partners - abuse can be perpetrated by partners, ex-partners and family members, including children under the age of 18, adult children or siblings. Both men and women can be victimised through domestic abuse.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or you are concerned that a friend or colleague might be there is lots of support available from the following services:
Lancashire Victims Services, telephone: 0300 323 0085
The Wish Centre – for victims, perpetrators and children, telephone: 0300 561 0440
Humraaz - Support for Black and Minority Women and Girls, telephone: 01254 695 800
Nest Lancashire - telephone: 0300 111 0323 or text 60777
The Emily Davison Centre, telephone: 0330 1343 434
Lancashire Refuges, telephone: 0300 3033 581
Galop - LGBTQ+ support, telephone: 0800 999 5428
Karma Nirvana - Honour Based Violence support, telephone: 0800 5999 247
Mankind - Services for Men, telephone: 01823 334 244