Domestic abuse is one of the biggest social issues impacting on women and children across Europe. In the UK alone, one woman in four experiences domestic abuse at some time in her life; two women are killed every week by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone; and the police receive a domestic abuse call every 30 seconds.

Crime+Investigation is spearheading a European wide campaign, End Abuse Against Women to highlight the huge scale of the issue and the types of abuse women experience, showcasing the expert support available and how we can all help change lives. We’ll be airing special programming events and raising money for our charity partners throughout the year and we’d love you to take part. A bespoke programming event featuring shows with a focus on domestic abuse runs from Monday 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to Friday 29th November. New UK commissions Murdered By My Husband: The Hollie Kerrell Story and an episode of Murdertown featuring abuse survivor Kara Hoyte air across the week.

In the UK our partner is Refuge – the country’s largest provider of specialist support services for women and children, helping over 6,500 on any given day. Refuge also runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline Domestic abuse Helpline and answers a further 250 calls a day and has a national network of refuges and community outreach programmes.

To find out more about Refuge read our Q+A with their CEO Sandra Horley 


If you are here because you need to access support, you can speak to a member of the National Domestic Abuse Helpline team at any time, day or night. The Helpline adviser will offer confidential, non-judgmental information and expert support. Call 0808 2000 247.

In an emergency always call 999.

Specialist organisations

If you would like to access support, there are other specialist organisations available:


End Abuse Against Women