Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexuality or background. It causes significant harm to individuals, children, families, and communities.
Domestic abuse does not only occur between couples within an intimate relationship, but it can also be between a parent and a child or an ex-partner or other family members. It can go unidentified by agencies, families and friends, and even victim/survivors themselves often don't recognise the behaviour they are experiencing is domestic abuse. It is often hidden, and mainly occurs behind closed doors. Domestic abuse is not just physical violence, it can be emotional, psychological, economic or sexual abuse. Overarching the types of abusive behaviours is often coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence).
Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation.
Help, advice and support for those who are experiencing domestic abuse or have experienced domestic abuse
Help and advice is available across Lancashire, please see the information below for helplines, Live Chat, refuge and safehouse accommodation. The following providers also offer a range of community-based services such as practical and emotional support for adults, children and young people through outreach and group work.
Multilingual helpline from the Emily Davison Centre
A free multilingual and confidential helpline for victims of domestic abuse in Lancashire is now available on 0330 1 34 34 34.
Hosted by the Emily Davison Centre, calls are answered by staff who are specially trained in helping victims of domestic abuse.
The helpline staff speak several languages including:
The helpline, known as 'Safe for A.L.L' (Safe for Anyone Living in Lancashire) is available Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.
Calls made outside these hours will be responded to as soon as possible.
Anyone calling the Helpline should be aware that the call will show up in call history on a mobile phone. People who do not feel safe are advised to delete the call log after the call. For further information see the Emily Davison Centre website.
Other Lancashire wide support
Lancashire Refuges offer a wide level of immediate support in safe accommodation to victims of domestic abuse with a single point of access to accept referrals from across Lancashire.
Pendle and Rossendale
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley
Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre
Fylde Coast Women's Aid - Call FCWA helpline 01253 596699, email email@example.com or visit Fylde Coast Women's Aid website . FCWA have a male IDVA to specifically support male victims of domestic abuse.
Chorley & South Ribble
Key Charity - Domestic abuse helpline to speak to an advisor in confidence call 01772 435865, the line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Liberty Centre- 24-hour helpline: 0808 100 3062 emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit visit The Liberty Centre. The Liberty Centre have a male IDVA to specifically support male victims of domestic abuse.
Support for young people in Lancashire
All the above services can offer help and advice to young people.
Visit our Youth Zone website for Helpline, Live Chat and 1-1 support.
National helplines and support including support for LGBT+ and male victims of domestic abuse
- 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247
- Loving Me: on-line support & advocacy for Trans and Non-Binary Domestic abuse victims Call/text 07902 478958 or email email@example.com
- National stalking service: Paladin Service - helpline and support - Call 0203 8664107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mankind - Male victims of domestic abuse – Please call 01823 334244 to speak to us confidentially Weekdays 10-4pm.
- Men experiencing domestic violence can contact the Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.
- Galop - LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428 - email@example.com also see website for live chat and further help and support.
Help, advice and support for those who are concerned about their own behaviour or that of others
The Wish Centre run various behaviour change programmes to support individuals across Lancashire to consider the impact of their behaviour on their loved ones to enable positive change, all in a non-judgemental way. Contact The Wish Centre on 01254 260465 or visit.