Domestic violence helplines

Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour or violence between adults in an intimate or family-type relationship. It covers physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse and this kind of behaviour can happen over a long period of time. It doesn't matter what your age, gender, race or sexuality is, how much you earn or where you come from - anyone can suffer abuse. Everyone has the right to live free from abuse and fear.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, you may feel humiliated, frightened, ashamed, alone and confused. Please know that you are not to blame and you are not alone.

You can contact the Domestic Violence Helpline in Northern Ireland or a local refuge or other domestic abuse support service (see contact information below) for practical and emotional support, advocacy and information.

If you decide to leave your abuser or not, the Domestic Violence Helpline, local refuge organisations or domestic violence support services can help you plan how to leave in an emergency and to find a place of safety. If you decide to move away by yourself, make sure it’s safe and that you can’t be traced straightaway.

Sources of help, support and advice

24/7 Domestic Violence Helpline (open to anyone who is affected by domestic abuse; men and women)
Tel: 0808 8021414
The call is free from all phones including mobiles.
You can also email

Women’s Aid NI (Support and advice for women who have suffered or are suffering from domestic abuse)
24 hour helpline
Tel: 0800 917 1414
Causeway Women’s Aid
Tel: 028 7035 6573
Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey
Tel: 028 2563 2136
Cookstown, Magherafelt
Tel: 028 8676 9300

Self-referrals to Domestic Violence Services
You can refer yourself to most refuge organisations by contacting one of the services listed on the Women's Aid website

Preventing Violence in Relationships - for men who wish to change controlling /violent relationships
Tel: 028 9032 3454

Mens Advisory Project - provides counselling and support for male victims of domestic abuse
Belfast Tel: 028 9024 1929
L’Derry Tel: 028 7116 0001

Domestic Violence Partnership
The Northern Domestic Violence Partnership is an inter-agency forum which supports the development of services in the Northern Trust area, to support victims who are experiencing domestic violence. For more information visit


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Page last updated:20 April 2016