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Domestic abuse - how libraries can help

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Domestic Abuse Week 2014

Domestic Abuse Week drop-ins - no booking required

Various libraries from Tuesday 14 October to Friday 17 October

Surrey’s Domestic Abuse Outreach Services will be able to provide information about where and how to seek support.


Domestic abuse

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.

Domestic abuse is a very real problem. There are over 1000 reports of domestic abuse to Surrey Police each month – 16% of their work. Nationally, seven women a month die in a domestic abuse related incident.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is about power and control and can take many forms:

  • Physical – including being hit, slapped, kicked or attacked
  • Sexual – being forced or coerced into sexual acts which make you uncomfortable or scared
  • Emotional – being ridiculed, constantly criticised, made to feel bad or threatened
  • Financial – when someone takes or controls your money
  • Isolation – when someone controls who you see, talk to and when you go out

Domestic abuse occurs regardless of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, class, religion or physical or mental ability.

How can Surrey libraries help?

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.

Use a library computer

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, making it 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.

Reading list

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.

If you would like further information about health issues caused by domestic abuse why not try our Read Yourself Well collection or Mental health and wellbeing weblinks.


Expressing emotions through writing or drawing can help those experiencing domestic abuse and give insight to those who are less aware. "Healing Words" and "Moving Forward" are e-books produced as part of our continued partnership work with Surrey's domestic abuse outreach services. They feature writing and artwork contributed during recent workshops with local survivors.

Files available to download

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  • Updated: 03 Jun 2013
  • Holly Case
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