If you live in Welwyn Hatfield
you can call the Women's Helpline
for information, support and advice on 01707 373743
We can help you find somewhere safe to stay if that's what you want or
we can give you information about housing, benefits, legal matters and
all your options. We can also support you through your difficulties.
SPEAK TO THE POLICE
If you want
to know what would happen if you
the police in an emergency or if you want to speak to them about the
criminal aspect of what is happening to you, you can call your local
police station and ask to speak to the Domestic
Violence Liaison Officer
or the Community Safety Team. Don't dial 999 to do this though, dial
101 - and remember; you don't
have to report anything if you don't want to.
SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR
Speak to your Doctor, Midwife, Health Visitor or the staff at
If you have injuries as a result of your partner's abuse try to tell
the medical staff what happened. They should record it and they may
offer you phone numbers to call for help and support.
Having your injuries recorded can often be helpful in the future. They
won't say anything if you don't want them to, they'll just write it
If you're able to talk to your GP it can be helpful for them to record
what is happening to you at home regardless of whether or not you have
TO YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY HOUSING OPTIONS DEPARTMENT
current Housing Act says that no-one has to live in fear of
violence at home. This includes violence from parents, children, other
family members, racial harassment and homophobia. Whether you're a
tenant, an owner occupier or living with family or friends, if you're
scared at home you can speak to a Local Authority Housing Advisor who
should be able to find you somewhere safe to stay and tell you what
your housing options are. Not all of them do though so if they advise
you to "get an injunction and go back" or tell you they can't help
you call our helpline if you live in Welwyn Hatfield or the
Aid Federation England / National Helpline or contact Shelter
If you are a joint or sole tenant DO NOT give up your tenancy if you
leave home. You can claim Housing Benefit on two homes if you're
escaping domestic violence and giving up your tenancy may affect your
SEE A SOLICITOR
Some solicitors have a Legal Assistance Franchise and can offer you
some time for free to go through your legal options. If you live in
Welwyn Hatfield we can help you with this. If not, contact your local
Women's Aid group or Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice.
Visit or call your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or Shelter office.
They should have the phone number of your local Women's Aid group and
they should also be able to give you some information about your rights.