Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse

This information is to provide Greatwell Homes customers with help and advice on where they can seek advice and assistance if they are a victim of Domestic Abuse or believe they know someone that is.

If you are in Immediate danger please ring 999


Domestic Abuse Facts

  • Statistics from the Crime Survey, England show that 1.3 million women experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2016 and 4.3 million women had experienced it at some point since age 16
  • In England and Wales on average 2 women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week
  • On average police receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour
  • 85% of women suffer in silence


Definition of Domestic Abuse:

Woman’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. However Domestic Abuse against Men is rising but many Men will not report the Abuse and live and suffer in silence.

The Woman’s Aid Helpline is a member of Language Line who can provide access to an interpreter for non-English-speaking callers. The Helpline worker arranges a three-way conversation so that the caller can speak to the Helpline worker through a translator. They can often also find local Domestic Violence Support and Refuges that have workers that speak other languages.

This information was correct as of 19th August 2019


What is male domestic abuse?

Domestic violence against men deal with the abuse experienced by men and boys, aged 16 or over, in a relationship such as marriage, cohabitation or even within a family.

It can be both mental and physical, including psychological, sexual, financial and emotional.

Domestic abuse comes in many different forms, and can include controlling and coercive behaviour through intimidation, isolation and threats of violence.

Some cases can escalate to becoming physical, with sexual abuse and physical or sexual violence as common as emotional torment.


How many men are affected?

Research has shown that 15 per cent of men aged 16 to 59 have experienced some sort of domestic abuse in their life – equivalent to 2.4 million men.

Though for every three victims of domestic abuse, only one of them will be male.

It was revealed that 4.3 per cent of men had experienced domestic abuse in 2016 to 2017, an estimated 713,000 men compared with 1.2 million women.

Less than one per cent of men had experienced physical violence from their partner, and an even smaller number believed they had been sexually abused.

In 2016 to 2017, 13 men are thought to have died at the hands of a partner or ex-partner.

Sadly, male victims are over three times as likely as women to keep their abuse a secret or refuse to tell the police or medical professional.


Same Sex Relationships

Domestic abuse happens in same-sex relationships too.

One in four lesbian couples experience domestic abuse, and approximately 8-10% of men who call the Men’s Advice Line identify as gay or bisexual.

In addition, 80% of Transgender people have reports show experienced emotional, sexual or physical abuse from a partner or ex-partner.


Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning difficulties or who are under-age, cannot) consent to the marriage and where duress is used to enforce the marriage. ‘Duress’ includes psychological, sexual, financial or emotional pressure and physical violence.

Forced marriage is a violation of human rights and is seen in the UK as a form of domestic violence and/or child abuse. It may affect girls, boys, women and men from any community or background. However, existing statistics show that greater numbers of women are affected.

Forcing someone to marry without their consent is a criminal offence. The maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment. It is also illegal to take someone overseas to force them to marry (whether the forced marriage takes place) or to marry someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage (whether they are pressured to or not).


Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial or Economic Abuse
  • Harassment and/or Stalking
  • Online abuse 
  • Forced Marriage

Domestic abuse is a gendered crime which is deeply rooted in the societal inequality between women and men. It is a form of gender-based violence, violence “directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately”

Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse, different types of domestic abuse intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking and sexual violence. Any woman can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability, but some women who experience other forms of oppression and discrimination may face further barriers to disclosing abuse and finding help.

Domestic abuse exists as part of violence against women and girls; which also includes different forms of family violence such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so called “honour crimes” that are perpetrated primarily by family members, often with multiple perpetrators.


Help and Support

National Domestic Violence 24-hour Helpline

Phone: 0808 2000 247

Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service

Service offered

  • refuge
  • helpline
  • drop-in
  • Support groups
  • domestic violence prevention and awareness raising work

Phone: 0300 0120154   24hr Advice line


Drop-in details available here:

Details of referral procedure

Referral over the phone. Interview and assessment over phone or in person. Require minimum information including personal details, children’s details, support needs and details of domestic violence. Proof of ID required for refuge.

Northamptonshire Sunflower Centre

Service type

  • domestic violence outreach
  • IDVA
  • domestic violence prevention and awareness raising work
  • sanctuary schemes

Phone: 01604 888211  Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm 


Details of referral procedure

Phone or email during office hours. Pre-appointment assessment made by duty worker. Details taken to confirm that client meets criteria for service. Must live in boroughs of Northampton, Daventry, South Northants, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough or East Northants. All high-risk domestic violence incidents reported to the police are automatically referred to The Sunflower Centre.

EVE (Charity)

Christian based Charity, who offer support and advice to all denominations

Phone: 01604 230311 Support

Men’s Advice Line

Emotional support, practical advice and information to other specialist services for Men experiencing Domestic Abuse.

Email: (we aim to reply to emails within two working days).

Monday & Wednesday: 9am – 8pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am – 5pm

Telephone interpreters available

National Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender – LGBT Support Line run by Galop

LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline is run by Galop, the leading LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. Galop has been working for 33 years to support LGBT victims of abuse, violence and discrimination

Phone: 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428


10am – 8pm Monday
10am – 5pm Tuesday
10am – 5pm Wednesday
10am – 8pm Thursday
1pm – 5pm Friday
(1pm – 5pm Tuesday is trans specific service).

Support for victim of ‘honour’ based violence or forced marriage:

Phone: 020 7008 0151