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27 December 2018

Domestic support at Christmas time

Tinsel, turkey and time with family; all warm and comforting thoughts that come to mind at this time of year. However in many homes and families across the country this Christmas these 3 T’s will be replaced with trauma, tears and terror.

It is a very sad reality that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse. For thousands of adults and children, home is a place where they feel isolated, humiliated, criticised, tortured and terrified.

Domestic abuse includes coercive control, psychological and emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse, financial abuse, harassment and stalking, online or digital abuse. It has a devastatingly, detrimental impact on the lives of the adults and children who experience it.

Tragically, statistics show that each week two women are killed by a partner or former partner, with many more lives ending in suicide, by those feeling so trapped they feel is it their only escape.

At NCHA, each day we support adults and children who have experienced domestic abuse; our services are constantly full.

The post Christmas period is often a time where increases in domestic abuse incidents are seen.

If you are concerned about someone, neighbour, friend, family member or you yourself are experiencing domestic abuse, please share the message that no one is alone and that support is available.


If you are in immediate danger, always phone the police on 999.

If you are an NCHA tenant and experiencing domestic abuse please contact your Estate Officer, who will be able to give you advice on your housing situation. There are a range of options from making your current home more secure, to helping you find a new place to live.

Further contact and information details can be found on our domestic abuse and violence page.