It’s important to keep yourself and your children safe during separation. If your ex-partner is threatening, violent or abusive towards you or your child, remember that help is available.


What is domestic abuse?

Find out more from Women's Aid about what domestic abuse is and the different types of domestic violence that can affect you and your family.

Getting help and advice

To get instant advice about domestic abuse call the National Domestic Violence Helpline - available 24 hours a day, every day. The number is 0808 2000 247 and calls are free.

See Rights of Women’s advice about keeping yourself and your child safe – including how to get emergency court orders. Visit the Rights of Women website or call their helplines.

The Survivor’s Handbook produced by Women’s Aid is a practical guide to help with recovering from domestic abuse and getting support.

Emotional support and practical information is available online and by phone for men who have experienced domestic abuse. Visit or call Mankind. Their Helpline number is 01823 334244.


Child maintenance

There are ways you can claim child maintenance safely if you have experienced domestic abuse - read our online advice to find out how.


Housing and benefits

If you are leaving your home due to domestic violence and need to find somewhere safe to live, you can get specialist support to help you. There are also some special rules to support you if you need to claim benefits. Call our helpline for more detailed advice.


Jemma’s story

Read about Jemma’s experiences of separating from her partner after domestic violence and how she and her son have got on since she made the decision to leave the relationship.