Where can I find support being a victim of domestic violence?

Helena Extra provide some of the domestic violence support services that used to be run by St Helens District Women’s Aid. These include the 24 hour domestic violence helpline (01925 220 541), emergency refuge accommodation, outreach support and the independent domestic violence advocacy service (IDVA). These services are open to everyone in St Helens and not just Helena tenants.

Worst Kept Secret is a Merseyside-based project for women, men and children established to reduce domestic violence and enhance support for survivors. They carry out direct work with survivors through a freephone helpline (0800 028 3398), which acts as a listening ear to those affected by domestic violence.

NAPAC is a national charity focusing on supporting adults who have been abused (in any way) as a child, and run a support helpline (0800 085 3330) in addition to responding to e-mails/letters and providing general information and support.

Men’s Advice Line is a national confidential helpline (0808 801 0327) providing advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner – this includes all men, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is about supporting men, particularly those aged 15-35. It’s about giving you a break, a way of getting things off your chest and sorting your head out. If you’re going through a tough time and live on Merseyside then they could help you get back to enjoying your life. They provide a helpline (0800 58 58 58) and a website full of information, blogs and stories on issues relating to depression and suicide.

The Mental Health Directory is a local directory listing useful contacts, helpful information and self-help guides related to mental health and victims of domestic abuse.