The Survivor’s Handbook

The Survivor’s Handbook provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support.

The terms “victim” and “survivor” are both used, depending on the context. “Survivor” is, however, preferred as it emphasises an active, resourceful and creative response to the abuse, in contrast to “victim”, which implies passive acceptance.

If you are reading this, then you are – at least to some extent – a survivor.

This handbook is primarily addressed to women for the following reasons:

However, most of the information here would also apply equally to men who are on the receiving end of abuse, whether from a male or a female abuser. If you or a man you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can find more information on support services available for you here.

Your Legal Rights

>Your legal rights
>Getting an injunction
>Police and the criminal prosecution service
>Family Law and Child Contact – Information and resources from Rights of Women

Useful links

The useful links section will enable you to access other websites providing relevant information and support. Please note that Women’s Aid does not necessary endorse the organisations listed.

Useful links

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