I am experiencing abuse, or think I might be, what are my options?

It can be incredibly difficult to realise or accept that you may be experiencing abuse from a partner or family member. There is a huge amount of fear involved. You might be worried about the potential repercussions of seeking help or telling anyone, feeling confused or ashamed about what is happening to you. You are probably exhausted and anxious and uncertain about what is best to do.

You are not alone.

It is not your fault.

You will be believed and supported.

All of the members of SEEdS Wales have been in a similar situation to you and understand what you are going through. We use that insight to influence decision-makers and service providers.

You can also get in touch with the Live Fear Free Helpline free of charge by phone, online chat, text or email.

If you are in an emergency situation please call 999. If you are unable to speak to the operator, then press 55 when prompted.

The police are very supportive during the coronavirus lockdown and will still come into your house if their presence is needed. You can leave your home if you need to flee abuse, despite lockdown restrictions.

Live Fear Free Helpline

Live Fear Free can provide help and advice to:

  • anyone experiencing domestic abuse
  • anyone who knows someone who needs help. For example, a friend, family member or colleague
  • practitioners seeking professional advice.

All conversations with Live Fear Free are confidential and are taken by staff that are highly experienced and fully trained.

Call: 0808 80 10 800

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
About the helpline

Text: 07860077333

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Email: info@livefearfreehelpline.wales

Local support services

Local domestic abuse services can offer advice, support and advise on options such as accommodation or refuge if you need to flee to a safe place. Search for your local service here.

For specialist BME community services, contact BAWSO.