Domestic violence

If you are worried about someone knowing you have visited these web pages please read the internet safety advice on the Women's Aid website.

Remember, if it is an emergency call 999.

Lancashire Victim Services have some advice about self-isolating with an abuser during the coronavirus pandemic.

Local domestic violence support services

Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative (PDVI)

Tel: 01282 726000

Lancashire Refuges

Lancashire Refuges can give immediate support to anyone suffering from domestic abuse. 

The Lookout

For children experiencing domestic abuse.

Tel: 01282 619192

Samaritans - Pendle

Tel: 116 123 free from any phone or 01282 694929

Lancashire Victim Services

Tel: 0300 323 0085

National domestic violence support services

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Women's Aid

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)

Men's Advice Line

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

Forced Marriage Unit


Hourglass - support specifically for harm and abuse to older people

What is domestic violence?

Women's Aid define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the majority of cases, the abuse is carried out by a partner or ex-partner, but it can also be a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases, it is experienced by women and is carried out by men. However, it can be experienced by men, and carried out by women.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • coercive control - a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence
  • psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • financial or economic abuse
  • harassment and stalking
  • online or digital abuse

Domestic abuse can also be different forms of family violence against women and girls, including:

  • forced marriage
  • female genital mutilation
  • honour crimes

Those who carry out this type of abuse are primarily family members.

Everyone has the right to be safe in their own home and live free from violence and fear. You may feel humiliated, frightened, ashamed, alone and confused - but you are not to blame.