This page contains information about who you can contact for support if you are experiencing domestic abuse or if you are concerned that someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can have a long term and destructive impact upon individuals and families who are affected. 1 in 4 women in the UK are affected by domestic abuse at some stage in their lives, it is estimated that 2 women in England and Wales are killed every week by an abusive partner or former partner. Domestic abuse does not just mean physical abuse but can also include controlling or coercive behaviour, ‘honour’ based violence and Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. There are definitions of different kinds of abuse detailed below.
As an organisation Midland Heart will assist and support any person suffering from or threatened with domestic abuse and violence and take any appropriate action. You should contact us directly and let us know, but in emergency situations where you, your family or someone you know are in immediate danger you should call the police on 999.
If you would like to talk to someone about domestic abuse you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline at any time on 0808 2000 247.