Domestic violence documentary Behind Closed Doors aired last night (Monday 14th March 2016) on BBC One.
The show followed the cases of three female victims over 12 months, from the moment a 999 call is made up to the trials. It’s a bleak but vital watch. You can catch it on the BBC iPlayer or catch clips from it here.
Behind Closed Doors follows the work of the Thames Valley Police force. Below are some of the UK-wide charities that can help if you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
The 24 hour Freephone helpline is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
Emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. The helpline is open weekdays 9am-5pm.
Broken Rainbow – 0300 999 5428
National lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) domestic violence helpline. They provide confidential support to all members of the LGBT community. This includes family, friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline is open 10am – 8pm Monday & Thursday, 10am – 5pm Tuesday & Wednesday, 1pm – 5pm Friday (1pm-5pm Tuesday is a trans specific service).
Respect Phoneline – 0808 802 4040
A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday.
Domestic Violence Organisations In Wales
There are also Wales-focused charities, organisations and helplines that can help. They are collected in the services directory on Live Fear Free.
Live Fear Free – 0808 8010 800
Live Fear Free provides free support and information service for women, children and men in Wales who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse and / or violence at the hands of someone close to them. It is also an information service for people who are concerned about someone they know.
The helpline is open 24 hours a day. You will also find information about female genital mutilation (FGM), honour based marriage and forced marriage and slavery (or human trafficking) on this Welsh Government funded site.
Other projects that we’d like to highlight include:
- BAWSO – delivers specialist services to people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds in Wales who are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse.
- Dyn Project – provides support to heterosexual, gay, bisexual and trans men who are experiencing domestic abuse from a partner.
- Safe AS – helps children and young people recover from the effects of domestic abuse, understand their experiences and advocate on their behalf with the purpose of ending the cycle of domestic abuse. Part of Cardiff Women’s Aid.
- Hafan Cymru – a charitable housing association that provides housing and support to men, women, their children and young people across Wales. They primarily work with those escaping domestic abuse, helping them regain their independence.
For more information on services available to your family, contact your local Family Information Service.
Cover Photo Credit: BBC.co.uk