If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or have recently left an abusive relationship, you can get in touch with Shelter in Birmingham for free, floating support.
Everything is confidential. We can talk to you about what support you feel you need, and assist you to find and feel safe in a new home.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can take many forms. It might mean your partner is controlling you, controlling your access to money, or that your partner does not allow you to go to work or study. It might mean that your partner is constantly belittling you, making you feel worthless and damaging your self-esteem.
It might mean that your partner tells you what you can and can’t wear, denies you access to a mobile phone or stops you from seeing your friends and family. They might constantly try to keep track of where you are, constantly call and text you, or accuse you of cheating on them when you’re not, and make you feel guilty all the time.
Abusive partners can use where you live to control you. They might stop you from leaving the house, prevent you from having a key or force you to cook or clean up after them all the time. They might even coerce you into having sex, having children, or deny you access to birth control. They can use your home to isolate you from other people to make it easier to control you.
These things can make you feel alone, like you have nowhere to go.
Shelter in Birmingham can help
Abuse can make you can feel isolated – but Shelter Birmingham can help. We can support you with finding emergency accommodation quickly if you need it and we can help you find safer temporary accommodation, so that you have somewhere else to live while you plan for a safe future that’s free from abuse. We can help you with legal advice and we can support you if you need to contact the police for extra support and protection.
In the long run, we can also help you stay safe. We help people resettle into new communities and do things like register with new schools and GPs. We’ll help you get on the right track, supporting you to find permanent accommodation, and help with debts and benefits. We can help you get access to counselling or get into employment, education, training or volunteering. Ultimately, we can help you get your independence back.
Talk to us
When you call Shelter Birmingham we can get you emergency accommodation by getting in touch with the council or finding you a safe refuge. We can speak to Women’s Aid, who can support you in making a homelessness application or in finding accommodation. We can also help with other housing problems you may have.
Shelter Birmingham can help you get back on your feet if you’re experiencing domestic abuse or are at risk of homelessness from domestic abuse. We can give you support in your family home or wherever you are living. Your family will be allocated a support worker to coordinate your support and help meet any needs you may have.
If you don’t speak English, we can provide an interpreter. And the abuse doesn’t have to be physical abuse, it can be financial or emotional.
If you or your children are in immediate danger than call 999 and ask for the police.
If you need help with Domestic Abuse from Shelter Birmingham then call us on 07540 913071 or visit the service at Shelter Birmingham – 5th Floor, Gateway House, 50-53 High Street, Birmingham B4 7SY.
If you need help from Shelter but are not in Birmingham then you can use this page to find a service near you.