This Survivors’ Forum is a safe, anonymous, space for women (over 18) who have been affected by domestic abuse to share their experiences and support one another.
You don’t have to sign up to read the forums but if you want to introduce yourself, join in the discussion, and connect with other survivors then register for your own profile below.
Please note that the forum is not for seeking advice on behalf of a third party.
Remember in an emergency situation you should always call 999 for the Police. If you need help and support, please email us [email protected] or scroll down for more options.
You can post an introduction here and meet other survivors who might be experiencing similar situations. You can also read our forum guidelines and our FAQs for more on how the forum works, how to keep safe without posting identifying details and how survivors can support each other.
If you are disabled, have a health condition or mental health condition, and you’re experiencing domestic abuse, this is somewhere for you to discuss your experiences with other survivors.
Whenever you’re ready to consider leaving, here is where you can post any questions you have about how to prepare practically and emotionally to leave as safely as possible.
If you have questions about what happens after leaving or you’d like to talk about your experiences, this is a space for you to share and connect with other survivors.
A moderator is online every day to respond to posts, provide individual advice, and deal with any technical problems relating to the Forum. We aim to respond to any requests within 12 hours.
- The forum is not a helpline service.If you need help and support, you can access Women’s Aid direct services which include our Live Chat, the Survivors’ Forum and the Survivor’s Handbook at www.womensaid.org.uk. You can also email us at [email protected] or contact a local domestic abuse service by using our Domestic Abuse Directory.
- If you are a man who is experiencing domestic abuse, please contact the Men’s Advice Line.
“I could never have left my 20+ year marriage without the support from the Forum. Never. The strength it gave me – before, during, after – was what allowed me to escape and to survive afterwards.”
“The forum has by far played the biggest part in my journey to leading a life free of domestic abuse. From realising it was abuse, to safety planning and eventually leaving, the forum has offered the most consistent and relevant support and advice.”
“The forum is the only place where I can meet women who understand exactly where I am coming from and I understand them. For all the expertise of professionals, no-one has been able to support me like the women on the forum. I learnt everything I know about abuse either from the forum or from sources recommended by the forum. The women have been my wisdom and my strength. In giving back to the forum by supporting other women, I feel that I can make a small difference in the fight against domestic abuse.”
“I’ve been thinking back over the year and I can’t quite believe the progress that I’ve made which is largely due to the most wonderful support and advice I’ve received on here. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their support and being so open with their experiences and advice as it’s helped me get to a place of safety and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.”
“Honestly I feel this is my first step in my freedom! Everybody here is so lovely and helpful it just makes you feel that you are no longer alone. You don’t feel you are going crazy with it. Honestly I appreciate you all and I’m so grateful that together we can help each other to the light and then to grow x”