Pregnancy and Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or financial abuse, you may find you are experiencing more than one type.
Pregnancy can be a trigger for domestic abuse and existing abuse may get worse during pregnancy or after giving birth.

Domestic abuse during pregnancy puts you and your unborn child in danger. It increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth and injury or death to the baby.

There are various pathways to access support:

Living Without Abuse (LWA)-

Contact the Helpline- 0808 80 200 28 (Mon-Sun 8am- 8pm)
The helpline is available for anyone wishing to access support from LWA or other local support services. LWA have a specialist pregnancy and maternity worker.


Speak to your Midwife, GP or health visitor who will be able to give you information and advice about accessing support.


You can speak to your social worker if you have one.
Contact the national 24hour domestic abuse helpline on- 0808 2000 247 for free confidential advice.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999