Domestic Abuse



Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

It is not just physical abuse, it can also be:


If you feel like your partner or family member is doing any of the above, remember you are not alone. There are local support services that will be able to help, listen and/or find you shelter.


You do not have any control over your partner’s violence but you do have choices about how to respond to situations and how you can get yourself (and your children) to safety.

Whether or not you feel you can leave your abuser – there are things you can do to keep you and your family safe.

The information in this booklet will help you to plan ahead, stay safe, and will make any decisions easier in times of crisis. It has been put together with assistance from victims and survivors of domestic abuse.


Please click on picture to visit Women's Aid Website.

North East Lincolnshire's Women's Aid is a registered charity that provides services to victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse in North East Lincolnshire. Victims can be women, men and children.

Need Someone to Talk to? - Call Women's Aid on 01472 575757 or Contact Us via email.

Women's Aid offer the following projects/support:

  • Refuge Accommodation - temporary supported crisis accommodation for women and children that need help. 24 Hour ‘On Call’ service is also available. All victims receive support planning that is based on risk factors (high, medium or low) and individual support needs. Every year we accommodate about 80 women and over 100 children.

  • Outreach Support - support in a place of safety, our office or in the home for anyone (women and men) experiencing abuse. All victims receive support planning that is based on risk factors (high, medium or low) and individual support needs.  Last year outreach services supported over 300 victims of domestic abuse.

  • Telephone Support – General telephone support offered – call 575757 (Reverse charges can be accepted in an emergency.  24 Hour ‘On Call’ service available.  Last year received nearly 300 calls from victims needing support or information - call 01472 575757.

  • Male Helpline – We offer support for male victims (the same as ‘Outreach’ above).  Additionally we have a male victim helpline number 01472 588888 – or men can also use our 24 hour number 575757.

  • Email Support -

  • Facebook- you can contact us for support and/or help Women's Aid via Facebook private message service.

  • Website – You can access lots of information about domestic abuse and about support/services offered.  You can contact us in confidence on our contacts page.  We also operate a ‘mailing list’ for anyone who wants to keep in touch and/or receive regular information –

  • Resettlement Support - support for women and children leaving the refuge and moving into a new home / new area.

  • Childrens Services - Children’s support and guidance whilst living in the refuge is provided by profits from our Charity Shops.  We currently run a 6 week programme called Helping Hands, for children who have experienced domestic abuse.

  • Domestic Violence ‘Drop In’ facilities - for women or girls experiencing domestic abuse. We are currently working towards having 2 or 3 ‘Drop In’ sessions within GP surgeries.

  • Service User Group - group of service users who meet to contribute to changes and developments within the organisation.  Service Users are actively involved in our Quality Assessment Framework, writing and reviewing policies, presentations, staff recruitment and much more.

  • Volunteering - there are opportunities to become involved in volunteering in Shop work, Warehouse assistant, Admin, Reception, etc. Contact us if you are interested.

  • Survivors Group - a weekly self-support group run on a Friday morning, offered to women who are or have been affected by domestic abuse. Call Maria on 01472 575757 for more information.

  • Freedom Programme - a domestic abuse programme delivered twice a week on Wednesday morning or Wednesday evening allowing women and girls the time to explore domestic abuse, choices, behaviours, power and early warning signs of abuse.

  • Partnerships & Networking - Women's Aid also works closely with many other agencies, organisations and/or forums to raise awareness and provide information, literature, domestic violence training, leaflets, etc. across North East Lincolnshire.  We operate ‘Open Days’ for agency staff who want to know more about what we do.

  • Domestic Abuse Training – Women’s Aid offers many different types of domestic abuse training opportunities. Women’s Aid are the accredited trainer for LSCB safeguarding training but they also offer courses/days to agencies, victims, college students, volunteers, general community members, etc.  Women’s Aid can also go out to large or small community groups to give general awareness raising talks.  For more information contact Denise on 575757.


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Men's Advice Helpline is a confidential helpline for any man experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse from a partner (or ex-partner).

Men's Advice Helpline are a team of skilled professionals offering practical advice, information and emotional support to male victims of domestic violence, as well as to concerned friends and family and frontline workers. The service is run and managed by Respect.

Their focus is to increase the safety of men experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse (and the safety of their children) and help them reduce the risk.

Getting in touch - Call us on freephone 0808 801 0327

(free from landlines and from mobiles using the O2, Orange, T Mobile, Three (3), Virgin, and Vodafone networks). Calls will not appear on BT landline phone bills. A voicemail service is available: we aim to return calls within two working days.

Opening hours: The Men's Advice Line is open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Email us on (we aim to reply within two working days).


Please click on logo to visit Humberside Police website.

Have a dedicated team of experts who deal with Domestic Abuse. These officers know how difficult reporting it can be and they will ensure that you are safe when you report it and throughout any police or court action that may follow:

Call: 0800 197 4787 



Please click on the logo to visit the blue door website

The Blue Door is service that provides support to anyone that has experienced Domestic Abuse and sexual violence in North and North East Lincolnshire.

We offer outreach support, drop in groups, advocacy and counselling from bases in Grimsby and Scunthorpe Town Centres.We are a part of Grimsby and Scunthorpe Rape Crisis and were formerly known as The It’s My Right Service.

We understand that asking for help is difficult, our understanding team are here to offer you support every step of the way.

Contact us via our helpline on 0800 197 47 87, at our office on (01724) 841 947 or email


Please click on the link to visit the Victim Support website.

The charity offers support and guidance over Domestic Abuse, and any other support you may need as a victim of crime. The charity is for both men and women and you can go into their office and speak to them privately and confidently.

Call: (01472) 250251


Please click here to visit Galop website

Galop, the leading LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity. Give advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can be psychological, financial, sexual, physical and or emotional.

Phone us on 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428 or email:


Domestic Abuse has no place in North East Lincolnshire. It causes untold harm to victims and their families and leaves a legacy behind that often changes people’s lives forever. Put simply it should not be tolerated as part of our local culture in any shape or form. The ‘One System’ approach seeks to address these challenges by working together and putting in place real and lasting change. We will seek to do this by strengthening our partnership working and investing in areas where we need to improve.

Domestic Abuse Strategy

Domestic Abuse One System Approach - Agreed Principles of Practice

Domestic Abuse Practice Guidance and Directory

Domestic Abuse Screening Tool