Domestic Violence and Abuse

Everyone has the right to be safe in their own home/relationships, no one should suffer from domestic abuse. If you are thinking about leaving an abusive relationship and are worried about your safety or the safety of those around you, you do not have to suffer alone. There are people who can help, and you can take steps to stay safe.

  • If you or anyone you know is in immediate danger telephone the police on 999. If it’s not safe to speak dial ’55’ during the call to let the operator know you are in danger.
  • For non-emergency police matters telephone 101.

The staff in our practice are trained about domestic abuse and specialist workers are available to support you. Your practice is an IRIS practice. You can talk to doctors, nurses and other staff working here if you are being hurt or controlled by your current or ex-partner, are afraid of someone at home or a member of your family. You can also contact 0300 123 7047 option 2 and ask to speak to your local IRIS Advocate Educator.

The Open the Door website also has lots of information to help if you or someone you know who is in a relationship that doesn’t quite feel right. Visit for advice and access to self-support services.

Online security: if you’re worried about someone knowing you have visited this website and other domestic abuse pages from your computer please visit

Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention Team (DAIPS)

The domestic abuse intervention and prevention service (DAIPS) offer a confidential service for male and female victims. This is for anyone aged 16 years and over. If you are experiencing domestic abuse and are at risk of serious harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members call 0300 123 7047 option 2. Their staff (Independent Domestic Violence Advocates or IDVAs) will support you and they will assess the level of risk and discuss the range of options open to you. You will develop a safety plan together they will work with you to help you take back control of your own life.

Refuge – Advice on dealing with domestic violence can be accessed via 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) or