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No matter when or where, domestic abuse is always unacceptable. We support everyone affected by it, regardless of their gender, age, race or sexual orientation and we act to prevent it.

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You may not want other people to know that you’ve been searching for information or help from websites such as Behind Closed Doors.

Our support is available to anyone who has experienced domestic abuse. We provide confidential information, offer practical help and support your recovery.


We provide training and development support to organisations, front-line workers and employers. Through our Early Help Hub partnership, we support schools and organisations working with young people to build resources and skills, and we provide 1:1 support through our prevention and recovery project.

Practical support

We are here to help if you are at risk of harm from your violent and abusive relationship, by providing practical support on things such as safety planning, housing, family court, benefits and budgeting, health and social care and community engagement.


We offer a non-crisis response programme of emotional support to people affected by domestic abuse who are at low risk of harm, helping you to make sense of your experience, recover and move on positively.

What is
domestic abuse?

There are many different types of abuse. Domestic violence and abuse occurs across society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth, and geography, between intimate partners and family members.

The majority of domestic abuse is against women but there is also a rising issue with violence and abuse towards men. Male victims of domestic violence and abuse are increasingly speaking out and looking for support; Behind Closed Doors is committed to supporting both men and women.

key facts

  • 1 in 4
    women and 1 in 6 men

    will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime

    (Source: SafeLives)

  • 50 incidents

    On average, individuals experience 50 incidents of abuse before getting effective help

    (Source: SafeLives)

  • 75%

    of those experiencing domestic violence and abuse are targeted at work and it is often possible for perpetrators to use workplace resources such as phones, email and other means to threaten, harass or abuse their current or former partner/family member.

    (Source: Corporate Alliance)

  • £66 billion

    In 2016/17 domestic abuse is estimated to have cost over £66 billion in England and Wales

    (Source: Oliver et al 2019)