Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. Often, we associate domestic abuse with romantic partners, but abuse can also be perpetrated by family members and in other intimate relationships. Escaping this situation can be overly complex and certainly not easy. Domestic abuse is most experienced by women, but abuse can happen regardless of gender identity and can often force individuals to stay in dangerous domestic situations to avoid homelessness and rough sleeping.

Right now, we are working with thousands of women experiencing homelessness to help them get the support they need and find a safe place to call home.  Many of our clients have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives which has caused much trauma. 

Remember that if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, there is support available. We have compiled some useful resources below to help you. 

Recognise it  

Anyone can be victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality, or background. 

Domestic abuse comes in four main forms: 

  • Emotional abuse 
  • Threats and intimidation 
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse 

If you are not sure whether you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can find out more about spotting the signs and how to support someone on the NHS website. 

Get support for yourself

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or feel frightened of, or controlled by a partner, ex-partner, or family member, it is important to remember that it is not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help. Free, confidential support and advice is available for you 24 hours a day. 

  • Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else. 
  • Women’s Aid have a directory of domestic abuse support services across the UK. 
  • Safe Spaces available in Boots, Morrisons, Superdrug and Well pharmacies, TSB banks and independent pharmacies across the UK. Find your nearest safe space here: nearest Safe Space. 

If you are worried someone might see you have visited this page, the Women's Aid website tells you how to cover your tracks online. 

Support someone you know 

If you think someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, it is quite normal to feel worried and unsure of how you can help.  

  • Refuge shares advice on how to spot the signs of domestic violence. 
  • You can contact any of the organisations above for free and confidential advice. 

You can find out more about Single Homeless Project’s work with women here.