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Domestic abuse - how libraries can help

Libraries reopening news and updates

We are intending to reopen our libraries to browsing and PC use on Monday 7 December, subject to the Government's Winter Plan being passed as legislation on Tuesday 1 December.

Until then, libraries will offer Ready Reads, the click-and-collect service and computers for essential use. Full details on our Coronavirus information page.

'Seen something? Say something!'

If you are at risk or suspect someone is at risk ...please say something!

In an emergency, dial 999 for the police or contact Adult Social Care. Outside of office hours (5pm–9am), contact our Emergency Duty Team

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, 84 women and 30 men die annually 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 sex, gender, sexuality, race, 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 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 can monitor your online activity through checking your computer's history or with spy software, making it impossible to completely cover your online tracks.

A library computer can't be monitored: by using one you will have access to all the information you need, and it is free and safe.


Reading list

Our reading list brings together a selection of books about domestic abuse, and contain self-help and memoir titles recommended by professionals.

If you would like further information about health issues caused by domestic abuse, why not try our Reading Well collection.

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