If you’re at risk of domestic abuse and you need to escape, you can leave your home - the instruction to stay at home does not apply.

If you’re in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you’re worried about being overheard or it’s dangerous for you to speak, listen to what’s said and try to answer by tapping the phone or coughing. Follow the instructions. If you call 999 from a mobile, press 55 when told to and your call will be transferred to the police.

If you have any concerns about yourself or another person, you can also get support from helplines, chatlines, refuges and other services. These are some of the organisations that can offer free, confidential help and advice:

For more information and details of other organisations that may be able to help, visit Gov.uk.

If you’re thinking of leaving your home, seek advice. Your local council must give you information about your housing rights if you’re at risk of homelessness. You can also contact Shelter for urgent advice.

Domestic abuse isn’t only physical violence. If you’re experiencing any form of abuse, it’s important to speak out to stop it. Your local council has a duty to keep everyone safe from abuse and neglect. They should have a dedicated safeguarding team for reporting concerns or you can contact their adult social care department. Read our information on different types of abuse for more about how you can protect yourself.

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