I need help with … Domestic Abuse
Are you in an abusive relationship and struggling to get help?
People are often worried about asking for help with domestic abuse, especially if there are other problems, such as drug and alcohol use, offending or mental health issues.
SMART provides support to anyone affected by domestic abuse, who has other complex needs across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
Our service is non-judgemental and confidential; we can arrange to call or meet you at a time that is safe and secure for you.
Please note this service is currently only available in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. If you live outside of this area you can get help from Victim Support.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can be any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between two people who are, or have been, intimate partners, family members or living together regardless of gender or sexuality.
Abuse is not always physically violent, it is often psychological, financial, emotional or sexual.
Think you are suffering from domestic violence but aren’t sure?
Domestic violence can happen to anyone: male, female, gay, straight, bisexual, non-binary, transgender, physical or mental health issues, young or retired, addicted to substances or not.
Signs you are being abused:
Belittling behaviour including putting you down in front of other people, putting down your opinions, criticising your behaviour.
Physical or threatening abuse, including being forced to have sex, physically hurting you, destroying your belongings, threatening to kill you.
Controlling behaviour including monitoring your moves, being possessive or jealous and preventing you from seeing family or friends, controlling your finances.
How we can help you stay safe
We’ll contact you within 48 hours and listen to your experiences. Our first priority will be to ensure that you and any children are safe.
We’ll work with you at your pace and help you design a plan to help you stay safe now and in the future. For example, we can teach you to be safer within your relationship, help you leave your relationship if you wish or help you access support networks for yourself and your family.
We’ll also help you to overcome any other issues you’re dealing with. We work with lots of people who also have learning disabilities, drug and alcohol or mental health issues.
Whatever the difficulties you are facing, we can work together to get the right help for you.