Domestic abuse

Information and guidance about domestic abuse, help and support.

Every person has the right to live a life free from violence. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or you know of someone who is then please get help now.

Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or other abuse between family members. This can be violent or controlling behaviour by a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, ex-partner, father, mother, son or daughter who lives with you or lives elsewhere. It can be in many forms including physical, psychological, sexual, emotional, verbal and financial abuse. It can also affect the health and wellbeing of children in the family.  It also includes issues relating to forced marriage and honour based violence.

It can happen to anyone, regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle. The majority of domestic violence incidents are committed in marriage or intimate relationships, or after the relationship has ended. Other family members can be perpetrators too, and domestic violence and abuse affects all members of the family, especially children living in the household.

Anyone who is forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s reaction is being abused.

No one should have to put up with any kind of violence or abuse. Everyone has the right to personal safety - if you are worried then ask for help. If it has happened once it is likely to happen again. Even if it has been happening for years it is never too late to seek help.

If it is happening to you

You are not to blame. It can be hard to recognise or admit that you are the target of domestic violence and abuse. Your abuser may tell you it is your fault but no victim asks for it or deserves to be abused regardless of what the victim says or does. You have the right to live with respect and safety and to put your own and your children's needs first.

If it is happening to someone you know

Victims of domestic abuse often don’t realise they are in an abusive relationship and if they do, they may feel they are to blame in some way and that there is no way out. There are many reasons why a victim may find it difficult to leave an abusive relationship. They may be worried about losing their home or their children if they seek help. Despite what some people might think, ending an abusive relationship isn’t an easy thing to do. Victims need to know they will receive the help and support they require.

How we tackle domestic violence and abuse in Lancashire

Our aim is to prevent harm and save lives and we believe the best way to do this is for different agencies to work together and to work as one to provide a bespoke service for anyone that needs our help. We are committed to protecting victims and taking firm action against offenders and offer a range of services which can help.

For further details on the services available or for a confidential chat with our trained domestic abuse advocacy service please contact us by emailing

Domestic homicide reviews

When someone has been killed as a result of domestic violence (domestic homicide) a review should be carried out. Professionals need to understand what happened in each homicide and to identify what needs to change to reduce the risk of future tragedies.

Further information can be found on GOV.UK.

Domestic violence disclosure scheme (Clare’s Law)

From 8 March 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme was implemented across England and Wales.