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Frequently asked questions - Someone I know needs help

Frequently asked questions - Someone I know needs help

Abuse and violence such as this is not acceptable; if you know someone who is, or may be, experiencing domestic violence and abuse there are things that you can do to help and people who can provide you with advice and support.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence can happen to anyone, at any stage of their life.

Types of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is not acceptable; anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse is not to blame and are not alone. Help and support is available.

Who can be affected by domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone; there are survivors amongst every group or type of person you can think of.

Who can I talk to about domestic abuse and sexual violence?

There is help available if you are experiencing abuse, or if you are looking for help for a family member or friend. 

How do I help someone who is experiencing domestic abuse?

If you are concerned that a friend or family member may be experiencing domestic abuse, there are ways you can help.

What will happen if I call the Helpline?

If you have experienced – or are experiencing - domestic abuse or sexual violence, or are worried about a friend or relative, you can call the Live Fear Free Helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0808 80 10 800.

What support is available for children and young people who are witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse?

ChildLine provides help and support for children and young people. It's a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19.

I’m worried my child maybe in an unsafe relationship, what can I do?

Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship, and it affects young people too.

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is any sexual act or activity which is unwanted and which has not been consented to. Sexual violence can affect anyone, at any stage of their lives. 

I think my friend/family member was abused as a child, what can I do?

There is lots of support available for someone who was abused as a child. Knowing that they have been listened to and believed is an important first step for someone in this position.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any form of sexual act which is inflicted on someone without their consent.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a special facility where recent victims of rape or sexual assault can receive immediate help and support.

How do I support someone who has been sexually abused?

Anyone who has been sexually abused needs to be listened to and believed. They may benefit from support in finding out about the specialist services that are available for them.

How do I recognise sexual violence?

People who have experienced sexual violence react in a variety of ways. It can be difficult to recognise the signs but there are some changes that you may be able to identify.

What is a healthy relationship?

A healthy relationship is one which is based on respect and equality.  It is free from physical, emotional, and sexual violence, as well as financial or coercive control.

Is Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence a crime?

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence is a crime and it is therefore important that incidents are reported to the police.

Call our free and confidential Live Fear Free Helpline:

0808 80 10 800

(Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


About Live Fear Free

Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government website, providing information and advice for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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