If you are at risk or someone you know is at risk, please say something!
In the case of an emergency always phone 999.
Alternatively, phone the 24 hour Surrey domestic abuse helpline, 01483 776822, for support and advice.
Surrey Libraries have joined in partnership with Surrey Against Domestic Abuse to help reduce domestic abuse in Surrey.
Nationally, more than 1 in 4 women and around 1 in 6 men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. Surrey Police dealt with over 12,500 reported incidents between 2012-2013. Almost 16% of their work. But we can help change things…
The Home Office definition of domestic abuse is, 'Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality'. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Domestic abuse occurs regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion.
We are committed to providing help and support through libraries. We want to support victims of domestic abuse by providing the information and the resources needed in a safe environment.
Libraries Change Lives video explores the work that Surrey Libraries' have been doing over the past two years and will continue to do in the future.
If someone is controlling or frightening you then it may be difficult for you to find out about your options or where to find help. Your abuser may monitor your online activity through checking the computer's history or with spy software. It is impossible to completely cover your online tracks.
By using a library computer you will have access to all the information you need, and it is FREE and SAFE.
Our reading lists include a list of books about domestic abuse, which contains self-help and memoir titles recommended by professionals.
Have you found any book on domestic abuse particularly helpful? Please tell us about it.
We have a page dedicated to domestic abuse weblinks. Here you will find links to charities or organisations that will be able to offer you help, information and support whatever form of domestic abuse you may be suffering.
As part of the domestic abuse awareness work an ebook has been produced featuring work from recent workshops with domestic abuse survivors. You can read their words at the bottom of this page.
Please see Help and support for survivors of domestic abuse.