Frequently Asked Questions
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Advice and support FAQs
This information applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
If you and your partner are living together but you are sure you now want to separate, it is probably best for you and the children to leave home at least for a while.
You could stay with friends or relatives but this may not be a satisfactory long term solution. If you are afraid that your partner may find you, you could contact Women's Aid who can offer support and advice and can find you a place to stay in a safe refuge. A national 24 hour helpline provides access to advice and support to anyone experiencing domestic violence. The freephone helpline number is 0808 200 0247. This helpline is provided jointly by Women's Aid and Refuge.
It may be possible to approach your local authority for help with re-housing. If it is not possible for your local authority to re-house you, you could consider finding privately rented accommodation.
If you are on a low income you may be eligible to apply for a crisis loan, and, if you are renting, you may be eligible for housing benefit.
In the longer term there may be ways that you can go back to your home and get your partner to stay away, by seeking legal advice. You will probably need the help of a solicitor. You may be able to get help with legal costs.