Domestic abuse

How can Home-Start help?

The rise in domestic abuse during lockdown has been well documented with the National Domestic Abuse helpline reporting 25% above average calls in the second week of lockdown and 49% higher than normal after three weeks. As we begin to come out of Lockdown, it is expected that the true figures will be higher than those already reported. More help will therefore be needed for survivors.

Home-Start in Suffolk respect and value each person’s right to be safe from harm, unfortunately this isn’t always guaranteed and people may feel isolated, lonely or scared when in an abusive or coercive relationship.

To access details of specialist organisations who can help those experiencing domestic abuse click here


Diane’s story

Home-Start supported mum of three daughters Diane after she escaped a domestic violent relationship. 

Diane, Mum of three daughters aged 14, 8 & 2 years had fled years of Domestic Violence. The children had witnessed and been part of the coercive control within their parent’s relationship.

Read more about Diane’s story here