Advice and Support



Abuse in a relationship can happen to anyone.  It's never OK and it can destroy your self-confidence, have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing and leave you feeling isolated and lonely. Our quick and easy to understand guide will help you to spot the signs of relationship abuse and what you can do about it to make it stop.




It’s not your fault if you are being abused in a relationship. It can happen to anyone – boys or girls, straight or gay, and it can feel very confusing.  We have compiled a list of some of the most common questions.  If you have a question that's not answered here you can also use one of the dedicated sources of help and advice detailed in the

HELP IS HERE section.



Relationships are hard to understand sometimes, but it's important to

know the facts. For example abuse in relationships isn’t always physical, it can come in many different forms, but it's mainly when someone tries to control, intimidate or hurt their partner. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, disability, wealth and lifestyle.




If you’re under 18, you can call ChildLine on

0800 1111 to talk in confidence about any problem. Alternatively, you can go to where you can contact them by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.


If you are 18 or over call the Staffordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0870 2700 123

You can get further support from any of the organisations listed in our

extended Need help section here


DON’T FORGET: If you are in immediate danger, always ring 999