Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2019, an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 786,000 men, statutory definition of domestic abuse factsheet)

Domestic abuse is categorised by any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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 can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial

This definition includes honour-based abuse and forced marriage and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group. (Met. Police)


National domestic abuse helpline

Can help with: domestic abuse. 

The offer: online and telephone advice service along with access to refuge in the circumstance of leaving an abusive relationship. Advise can be offered to those worried that someone they know may be a victim of domestic abuse.

Access: public.

National centre for domestic violence

Can help with: domestic abuse. 

The offer: free support to all in need of an emergency injunction

Access: public.

Wigan domestic abuse service (ran by DIAS)

Can help with: all issues related to domestic abuse.

The offer: support, advice and counselling to anyone affected by domestic abuse in the Wigan and Leigh borough.

Access: web (click icon) and phone 01942 311365 Monday to Friday 7am-7pm