How can I leave my relationship safely?

In an emergency, dial 999

Call us for help on 020 8571 0800 or email [email protected] 

Is your partner, husband or a family member harming or hurting you? Are you afraid for your safety and thinking about leaving? 

Your abuser(s) might become more violent and controlling if they find out that you are considering leaving, so it is important to plan your exit carefully and seek specialist support from an organisation like Southall Black Sisters.

We understand how difficult and dangerous it can be to leave an abusive relationship – we will walk with you to help you overcome your fears and ensure your safety throughout the process.

We have expertise in providing personalised support and safety plans tailored to your own experiences of abuse and any additional issues you may be experiencing such as immigration & asylum problems, housing & homelessness problems, mental health issues & financial difficulties.

Our domestic abuse Helpline is open 9:00am – 5:00pm on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays and one of our advisors will be able to provide you with comprehensive advice and support related to leaving an abusive relationship safely.

Our Helpline is confidential, and you can be assured that you will be listened to. We won’t tell you what to do, but we can support you to understand your options and make a plan.

We know it may not be easy or safe to call us – you can email our Helpline here.

Leaving an abusive relationship can seem overwhelming. You do not have to be prepared to leave before calling our Helpline. Find out more about preparing to leave safely.

Change the lives of women today.


Women’s Aid Website

The Survivor’s Handbook: Print and Audio Versions
Making arrangements for children after separation: the role of the family courts.

Rights of Women

Rights of Women have fact sheets on residence, contact and parental responsibility that can be downloaded for free from their website.
Women lawyers provide advice on 020 7251 6577 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Fridays, 12 noon – 2:00 pm.


Reunite runs a 24-hour emergency service for international child abduction cases.

Their advice line on 0116 2556 234 is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm or for information see their website.

The Reunite Child Abduction Prevention Guide provides clear and concise information and practical steps to take if you fear your child is in danger of abduction.

We use cookies

Please note that on our website we use cookies to enhance your experience, and for analytics purposes. To learn more about our cookies, please read our Privacy policy. By clicking "Accept Cookies" or by continuing to use our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Cookie Policy
Exit Site