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Domestic abuse - help is available

This can be a worrying time for those living with domestic abuse. If you’re finding it difficult to be at home whilst self-isolating, help and support is available. Visit Safe Lives for more information.


Phone 999 if a crime is being committed or if someone is in immediate danger. 

Contact Leicestershire police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed but there is no immediate danger. 

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can include:

  • controlling, threatening or coercive behaviour
  • family and partner violence which can be in the presence of children
  • forced marriage
  • so called honour based violence which is an umbrella term to describe a collection of practices used to control behaviour within families or other social groups to protect perceived cultural and or religious beliefs

Signs of an abusive relationship

 You may be:

  • in fear of your partner or family member
  • controlled by your partner or family member
  • constantly belittled

Where to get help

If you live in the city of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and you think you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can contact United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA) for advice and guidance.


United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA)

  • Text only support: 07715 994 962
  • Phone advice line:  0808 802 0028

The advice line is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday.

It’s free, confidential and hidden from bills.

The police work closely with UAVA to make sure that victims receive the help and support they need.

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