If you think that someone else is in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.

If you are worried that someone you know is in an abusive relationship, it may be difficult to talk to them about it, unless they have acknowledged the abuse openly with you. It may be frustrating, but you will need to give them time to confide in you about the abuse. 

If someone does confide in you that they are experiencing domestic abuse, this is a positive step and you should try to keep the lines of communication open so that they do not become more isolated. They may be feeling ashamed and their self-esteem may be very low, and you should reassure them that the abuse is not their fault. Try not to be judgemental if they aren't ready to do anything to end the relationship yet. 

One of the best things you can do is point them in the direction of some professional help. The Live Fear Free Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and calls are free. You can call 0808 80 10 800 or email [email protected] or talk to someone confidentially using the Live Fear Free live chat service

Helpline staff will help to talk about feelings, explore options, access local services, and to identify ways in which safety can be increased irrespective of what choices the person may be making about their relationship. Information can also be provided on local services that can help to support and protect them as well as give them information on their rights and options.