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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can have a devastating effect on individuals and wider families. We are here to help anyone suffering domestic abuse and are committed to bringing offenders to justice. We work closely with our partner organisations to provide help, support and guidance to those in need.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is threatening, controlling, coercive behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, virtual, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional) inflicted on anyone (irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability) by a current or former intimate partner or family member.

Remember, you are not to blame for any abuse that is happening to you.

Covering your tracks online

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For more help and guidance, visit our covering your tracks online webpage.

How to get help

We are here to protect, help and support anybody who is suffering domestic abuse.

  • We will fully investigate any incident that has occurred and take action against the perpetrator, if there is sufficient evidence.
  • We will protect you and your children from immediate or further harm.
  • We will provide information in relation to criminal proceedings and police procedure.
  • We will provide information on local domestic abuse support agencies that can give emotional and practical assistance.

Additional support organisations

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, the following organisations can provide help and support.

24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline

Available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual abuse, now or in the past. It is open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence. Please phone 0808 802 1414.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. They work to end violence against women and children and support over 350 domestic and sexual violence services across the country. 

Men’s Advisory Project

Men’s Advisory Project (MAP) exists to provide counselling services for men experiencing domestic abuse. Support and counselling services are also available to men who have previously left a violent or abusive relationship and who are still experiencing the effects.


Your local GP can offer help and support. Many people experiencing abuse believe that their GP can be trusted with disclosure and can offer practical support. 

Social Worker

Social Services can provide practical assistance and guidance to those suffering abuse. 


ASSIST NI is a new advocacy service offering impartial and practical support for victims of sexual and domestic abuse. The service assesses individual need and risk; develops a safety support plan; helps encourage and maintain engagement of victims within the criminal justice system; and refers victims on to other agencies for specialist support as appropriate.

Domestic Abuse Leaflets

To raise awareness or to find out more about domestic abuse, download our leaflets below.