We’ve just added Helpline Voices to our YouTube Channel. In these audio clips, men and women talk about why they sought help from the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline.

“How do you tell someone that the person you love wants to hurt you in that way?”

In this audio clip, a woman talks about getting help after years of domestic and sexual abuse by her husband. If you are being abused it is never your fault. Recognising what is happening to you, or has happened in the past, is the first step in escaping the pain and misery of domestic and sexual violence.

“You always think if it happened to you – you would scream and fight, but I froze.”

In this audio clip, a young student gets help when she is raped after a night out. If a person is unconscious or their judgement is impaired by alcohol or drugs, legally they are unable to give consent. Having non-consensual sex with a person who is drunk is rape.

“I decided I wasn’t going to let my abuser ruin the rest of my life.”

In this audio clip, an older man gets help after years of suffering in silence the effects of childhood abuse. It is never too late to get help. Recognising what is happening to you, or has happened in the past, is the first step in escaping the pain and misery of domestic and sexual violence.

If you are being abused, physically, sexually, financially or emotionally, you can contact the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline for support. Our team of specially trained workers understand the devastating impact abuse can have on your life. We realise it can be hard to pick up the phone for the first time – you may not know what to say or how to start. Our workers will put you at ease.

24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline

Open to all women and men affected by domestic & sexual violence

Freephone 0808 802 1414
Text ‘support to 07797 805 839 or email 24hrsupport@dvhelpline.org