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Staying or Going

Staying

You may have decided to stay in an abusive relationship or situation for any number of reasons. You should take time to consider how you can best keep yourself and any children as safe as possible. No matter what you decide to do, DASU will always support you. Speak to a support worker who can help you make a safety plan and assess your risk.

Not all domestic abuse leaves a mark, but if you have been physically injured, consider telling someone or make a record and share with someone you trust such as a GP or a close friend. This evidence may be useful in the future if abusive behaviour persists.

If you have someone you trust, let them know what’s happening. They may want to give you advice and tell you what you should do because they are worried about you, but you know your situation best and the decision is always yours. DASU is always here if you need advice, support or help.

Remember you are not responsible for the abuse, or for what someone else does, even if they insist that you are.

Going

Leaving an abusive relationship is daunting. If you haven’t already, contact DASU or the Live Fear Free Helpline for support and advice. We can talk you through your options such as getting into a refuge or other emergency accommodation. We can advise on what to do next and help keep you safe.

If at any time you are in danger, or you fear for your safety or the safety of someone else, always contact Police on 999.

Access

If you or someone you know needs a language interpreter, please let us know and we will arrange for a telephone interpreter whenever possible.

We can communicate with you by text or email if preferred. Please contact us if you have access or communication needs, or specific considerations so that we can best support you.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

Whatever your situation, our team will listen and work with you to provide support, information, and advice. We can support you out of an abusive environment, we will always put your wishes and safety first.

We understand the causes and effects of domestic abuse and the impact it can have on peoples’ lives.

Get Help

You can contact us at any of our sites 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday with out of hours support available through the
Live Fear Free helpline
0808 8010 800

If you are at immediate risk, please ring 999.

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