Domestic abuse happens every day of the year, and sadly this includes Christmas.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, it may be harder during the festive period.

Your abuser may be spending more time at home and monitoring your behaviour more closely. It’s also a time when people can be under a lot of pressure and stress.

If you are experiencing abuse yourself or are concerned about someone you know, reach out and ask for help if you can.

Safer Futures provides support for people impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. You can contact them online at or call 0300 777 4777. The helpline is closed for the bank holidays but will be open 9-5pm from 27th to 29th December. Opening as usual 2nd January.

Cornwall Refuge Trust provide a 24-hour helpline, offering support and advice for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. This helpline is open over the Christmas period and can be reached on 01872 225629.

If you need to talk to someone immediately the National Domestic Abuse Helpline can be reached 24/7 on 0808 2000 247.

To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support helpline on 0800 038 5300 for advice. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day. If you are feeling suicidal and want to talk to someone about your thoughts and feelings, you can call The Samaritans on 116 123.

And remember if you or someone you know is at immediate risk, call 999.