About domestic abuse
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Call 999 or go to your local police station for immediate help if you or someone else is in danger or a crime is in progress. Call 101 for non-emergency advice from the police.
Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid is the main organisation that provides services for women experiencing domestic abuse in Birmingham and Solihull.
- early intervention, advice and support at drop-in centres
- emergency refuge housing
- housing support and advice
- a confidential domestic abuse helpline
- Telephone: 0808 800 0028
- Lines open: Every day 9:15am to 5:15pm
- Website: www.bswaid.org
- Visit: Early Intervention Hub - Bank House, 36 Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7AA
- Drop in: Monday and Tuesday 10:00am to 4:00pm, Wednesday 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can mean any kind of violent, threatening or controlling behaviour between people in a relationship. The abuse can be from a partner, ex-partner or a family member and it can happen to anyone.
Abusive behaviour can include:
- physical abuse such as hitting and pushing
- sexual abuse such as pressuring you do something sexual you don’t want to do
- controlling behaviour such as telling you what to wear or where you can go
- financial abuse such as not letting you have money or stopping you from working
- spiritual abuse such as using religious texts to control you
- technological abuse such tracking your phone or threatening to share intimate pictures
- stalking and harassment such as sending a lot of messages or phone calls, or waiting outside your home
- so-called ‘honour-based’ violence or abuse such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage
If you are being abused, get help immediately. You can find specialist support on our web pages.
The abuse is never your fault. Never be afraid to ask for help and support.
You can read the legal meaning of domestic abuse in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Page last updated: 7 February 2024