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Separation and divorce can be traumatic for a couple, especially where children are involved.  See DIVORCE AND SEPARATION on our PARENT pages for information on family services aiming to support you and your children through change.

If you are experiencing domestic violence this can be extremely damaging for both parents and children.  There are many professionals, such as the police, GPs, health visitors and school nurses that are able to offer advice and put you in touch with specialist domestic abuse support services. Both men and women are victims of domestic violence and can find support sites below. If you are not ready or able to speak to the police there are other services offering confidential support that you can contact without going through the police or GP.

POLICE: You should contact the police in an emergency situation relating to domestic abuse and they should respond quickly. Telephone: 999 or 101.

The Hideout is a web site for children suffering the effects of domestic violence at home.

WHERE CAN I GET HELP RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE? - Follow this link to find all the LOCAL services you need to help deal with domestic abuse. Whether you are a MAN or a WOMAN there is a source of help in this list for you.  

The Domestic Violence Integrated Response Project (DVIRP) offers advice to men and women over the age of 16 who are living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and are affected by domestic violence.  You do NOT have to report to the police before you can access this service.  You can call direct on the helpline for information, guidance and options relating to domestic violence: Telephone:  0116 255 0004 

Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK. Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247.  For LEICESTERSHIRE BRANCH follow this link.

Living Without Abuse (LWA) believes that all people have the right to live safely and without fear of violence and abuse. On this site they offer information and advice to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.

Tel: Office 01509 550317. Outreach Worker: 0300 3650112.  Find  advice or drop in,  visit a group,  get help with recording and reporting domestic abuse and find accommodation.  There is also a young person’s service for ages 12 to 18. 

Domestic Violence Integrated Response Unit Leicester (DVIR) Support, advice, and access to direct help.  Tel: 0300 123 0918.  The DVIR also runs LENS (Evidence Network scheme) which enable victims to have injuries documented, photographed and safely stored with no pressure to take further action. Tel: 0300 123 0918. 

Leicestershire Domestic Violence Officers offer a team of police officers dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. Offer advice and support re protecting self and children, legal rights and assist with direct action if required. In emergency always ring 999. Contact Leics.  Police on 101 or through any of Leics. domestic violence organisations.

Broken Rainbow supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are experiencing domestic violence. Tel: 0300 9995428.

MEN ARE VICTIMS TOO – support services for MEN

Adam Project Domestic abuse against men is more common than you might think.  You’re not alone and you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.  Any man living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland who is experiencing, or is at risk from, domestic abuse can find support here, whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual or transgender. You can phone, email or write for support. You can ask someone to do it for you if you prefer, like a friend or another support agency.


Helpline: 0116 242 6440 and choose the option for The ADAM Project. You can leave a message outside of office hours.

There is someone available to talk to between the following times: MONDAY 9am - 5 pm, TUESDAY TO THURSDAY 9am - 7pm, FRIDAY 9am - 4.30pm, SATURDAY 9am - 12pm or write to us at: PO Box 7067, Leicester. LE1 7WB

Men’s advice Line - Help and support for male victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects MEN too - Talk it over! The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. Calls are welcome from all men - in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. The Men's Advice Line offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support. Call Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Telephone: 0808 801 0327.

MANKIND offer information and support for male victims of domestic abuse. Call the Helpline: 01823 334244.

M.A.L.E. (Men's Advice Line and Enquiries) Tel: 08088010327.  For male victims of domestic violence, in a heterosexual, gay, bi-sexual or transgender relationship and need confidential help.

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