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If you are thinking about ending an abusive relationship and concerned about what will happen to your home, it’s important to get up to date advice. 

Your legal rights to your home will depend upon the type of housing, the legal status of your relationship and whether or not you have children, so getting legal advice is really important. 


Find out more by downloading this handbook


Advice from Shelter about Homelessness because of Domestic Abuse

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, have an advice line on 0808 800 4444 and will be able to talk you through your options.  It’s also a good idea to speak to your local council. They must look into what they can do to either keep you safe in your home or find you somewhere safe for you to live. 

Domestic abuse includes: 

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violent or threatening behaviour
  • psychological or emotional abuse
  • controlling or coercive behaviour
  • financial abuse

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. 

Women’s Aid explains more about recognising domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is usually from a partner or ex partner. It could also be carried out by other family members. 

You do not have to live in the same home for it to be domestic abuse. 

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