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Domestic violence

Are you afraid of someone you know or live with?

Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or other abuse between family members. This can be violent  or controlling behaviour by a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, ex-partner, father, mother, son or daughter who lives with you or lives elsewhere. It may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse. It can also affect the health and wellbeing of children in the family.  It also includes issues relating to forced marriage and honour based violence.

No one should have to put up with any kind of violence or abuse. Everyone has the right to personal safety - so it you are worried then ask for help. If it has happened once it is likely to happen again. Even if it has been happening for years it is never too late to seek help.

How to get help

Below are the contact details of where you can get help, advice and support if you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse.

Police - if you are in fear of being assaulted

  • Emergencies 999
  • Public Protection Unit  01254 353511
  • General Enquiries 01254 51212  


Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse (BDDWA)

BDDWA exists to assist in the relief of people who have suffered or who are at risk of suffering domestic abuse, through the provision of support, advice and accommodation.

Our aim is to secure the safety of those affected by domestic abuse and support their development so that each individual is helped to grow and fulfil their potential into the future.

We are against all forms of abuse whether the abuse is: physical, verbal, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial.

Services provided:

  • Support for victims of abuse including honour based abuse and forced marriage via our Independent Domestic Violence Advocates.
  • Support for victims of sexual abuse via our Independent Sexual Violence Advocate.
  • Refuge accommodation providing safety and security to those affected by domestic abuse.  We offer a range of provision from individual houses to flats and support is provided to aid and empower independent living.
  • Outreach support to victims living in the community offering them practical and emotional support.
  • A range of therapeutic programmes for victims, perpetrators and children and young people to enable them to move on from abusive situations.
  • Free legal surgery to offer legal advice and options to victims.
  • Educational programmes delivered in schools colleges and young people's organisations to educate about nonviolent strategies to conflict and about healthy relationships.

Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse
Address: The WISH Centre, 43 King St Blackburn BB2 2DH
Phone: 01254 260465 (7 days a week, 9am - 5pm), outside of these hours 0808 2000 247


Changing Lives

Changing Lives provides help to men, women or children experiencing domestic abuse in Blackburn with Darwen.  They offer:

- direct support for men and women at risk through an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service

- sanctuary services and safety planning

- a 'freedom' training programme for survivors of abuse, helping to develop recovery and resilience

- a specialist support programme for children affected by abuse

- a voluntary perpetrator programme helping people address and manage abusive behaviour

To find out more please contact Changing Lives.

Tel: 01254 311181 or visit 

Lancashire Women

In Blackburn, Lancashire Women offer:

Domestic abuse counselling services, perinatal mental health counselling and case worker support on raising aspirations, alongside online groups (appointment only).

'Referral only' services also include:

  • Employment advice and guidance for 16 - retirement age
  • Digital support

Lancashire Women
Address:  33 King Street, Blackburn BB2 2DH
Phone: 0300 330 1354

Lancashire Victim Services

If you have been a victim of crime, whether recently or in the past, Lancashire Victim Services can help. They provide emotional support, information and practical help, regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.  All of their services are free and confidential.  To find out more visit the Lancashire Victim Services website

Other local services

Humraaz - Humraaz Support Services provides confidential specialist support to Black and Minority Ethnic women who are experiencing domestic abuse and all forms of harmful Traditional Practices.

SafeNet - SafeNet protects victims and survivors of domestic abuse through the provision of safe refuge and support services and promotes the prevention of further harm, through various initiatives including, working to build safe and healthy relations and promote equality.


Animations explore issues around domestic abuse

A series of animations have been produced to raise awareness of domestic abuse and signpost to areas of local help and support.

The three short films have been produced by Linnell Communications in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Lancashire Police, local substance misuse provider CGL, domestic abuse specialist support service Changing Lives and other local organisations.

The characters depicted in the animations are voiced by local people from Blackburn with Darwen who felt strongly about sharing their experiences to urge others in a similar situation to access the help that is available locally.

They are aimed at those in three key stages of life: the young, the working/middle aged and older people.

Titled 'Shouting Outside Windows', 'A Big Can of Worms' and 'Getting to be Me' the three short films depict a range of characters talking about their experiences of domestic abuse, where alcohol or drugs are sometimes the catalyst.

You can view the animations here:

'Shouting Outside Windows'

'A Big Can of Worms'

'Getting to be Me'


National services


National services for women


National services for men


National services for children and young people

  • Childline 0800 1111
  • NSPCC 0808 800 5000
  • WISH Centre 01254 55111


Services for older people

  • Adult Safeguarding 01254 585949 (Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm) or 01254 587547 (evenings and weekends)  
  • Elderly Abuse Response Line 0808 808 8141

Just because someone does not look like a 'typical victim' does not mean he or she is not suffering from domestic abuse. Domestic violence can happen to anyone.

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