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It is irrefutable that the current availability of services to support victims (and help perpetrators change), is not comparative to the extensive existence of domestic abuse and violence. Yet there is an expanse of services and community support to help protect and support female abuse victims. 

Change can be the hardest thing for a person experiencing DVA, with developed bonds to their abusers, lack of choices and ingrained and internalized shame that DVA carries. Leaving can also caused heightened risk, which must be appropriately managed. Whatever a persons current circumstances or their current motivation to change (Prochaska & Diclemente, 1992), or choices to change, there are services and advice available.

Many voluntary services do not have thresholds of need which must be met, making their services potentially more accessible. Social work practitioners can use these sources for additional knowledge for themselves, and as a source to signpost others to. To optimise support for females being or who have been previously abused in domestic relationships.

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Support Groups
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Women's aid

A grassroots federation providing lifesaving support  and services

Safe line

Helping sexual abuse victims

Victim Support

Help after Domestic abuse

Citizen's advice

Offering information and advice for abuse victims

Signpost services: Services
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Relationship support for everyone

Forced marriage unit

Forced marriage and honour based violence support helplines 

The Mix

Essential support for under 25's surrounding domestic abuse


Help for females who are the perpetrators of domestic violence

Signpost services: Services
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