It can be very difficult to tell someone that domestic violence is happening to you and to ask for help.
There are many people who are able to help and support you and we have noted below some key people who you can talk to in order to stop this from happening to you or someone you know.
Cumbria Police: 101 or in an emergency always call 999
Safer Cumbria: More information on the partnership approach in Cumbria to tackling domestic violence can be found at: www.cumbria.gov.uk/communitysafety/domesticviolence
Victim Support: People affected by domestic abuse can contact Victim Support to get support and information from trained professionals who are independent of the police. Support includes:
- Non-judgmental help and support to survivors, whether or not you wish to end the relationship
- Crisis intervention, planning to keep you safe including access to safe accommodation
- Advocacy support with other agencies including social care services, solicitors and housing
- Assistance to access other services once our support has ended, if needed
The service can be contacted on 0300 303 0157.
Report Domestic Violence online:
You can report domestic violence safety and anonymously online at www.notinmyhome.co.uk
Freedom Project West Cumbria:
If you live in the West of Cumbria Select Here to learn more about the Freedom Project West Cumbria. 'Hope for victims, survivors, perpetrators, their families and friends involved in domestic abuse.'
Turning the Spotlight on Family Support
This programme provides extensive support to families or individuals having difficulties in their relationships, experiencing or causing harm and/or abuse. It is run by Victim Support and is open to couples with or without children. If you live in Cumbria, need help and new ways to manage your behaviour, you can access this service.
Victim Support can be contacted on 0300 303 0157
Women’s Aid 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247 www.womensaid.org.uk
The Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk or email
Childline: 0800 11 11 www.childline.org.uk
OutREACH Cumbria: 0800-345-7440 www.outreachcumbria.co.uk is the main service provider for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* support, advise and engagement in Cumbria. They have a range of different services, groups, projects and opportunities to offer.
Churches Together in Cumbria:
Christian communities working in partnership to tackle domestic abuse in Cumbria:
Rev Eleanor Hancock: 01228 527106
Rosemary Campbell: 0777 822 0810
You can seek advice from a solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau about your legal rights: 0300 3300 650
If you are an offender and want support to change your behaviour call 0808 802 4040