Domestic violence

Domestic violence

The police receive, on average, over 100 calls relating to domestic violence every hour. It’s a big problem. That’s why we’re doing something about it, and have been for a long time. Since Comic Relief began, we’ve helped support over 900,000 people experiencing domestic violence.

In 2003, we helped to set up the National Domestic Violence Helpline. We continue to fund it to this day. From counselling and helplines to safe accommodation, your money helps to give those living with domestic violence a way out, a safe space and the support they need to move on with their lives.

Stats and stories

  • Leslie

    “He hit me once before we married but was good at explaining it was my fault.”

    Read Leslie’s story

  • Jessica

    “It was that fear of being alone with the kids. I kept trying to excuse what he did.”

    Read Jessica’s story

  • Each week,


    on average, as a result of domestic violence.

  • a man holds a woman by the throat

    Watch Rapman’s music video, highlighting domestic abuse

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    Grime artist Rapman has recorded an exclusive track, ‘Promise’ for Red Nose Day 2017, telling the story of a young pregnant woman who becomes trapped in a controlling relationship and is the victim of domestic violence. For the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, call free on 0808 2000 247 or, for information, go to

  • Up to

    60% OF WOMEN

    who experience domestic violence are pregnant at the time.

  • Jemma

    “After the attack I was in hospital and a lady turned up called Jacky. She was brilliant.”

    Read Jemma’s story

  • Jacky

    “My clients know they can contact me at any time for assistance, advice and support.”

    Read Jacky’s story


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Lasting change

There used to be no 24/7, year-round helpline, dedicated to domestic violence, so we got together with other charities to make sure there was.

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