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Many of us see the festive period as a chance to spend quality time with our favourite people. But for thousands of people, it will only offer more of what they endure all year round: domestic violence and abuse.

Are you experiencing domestic violence? Do you know of someone who is experiencing abuse and may need help and support?

The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline can be contacted on:0808 2000 247

The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone, wherever the caller might be in the country. The Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by fully trained female helpline support workers and volunteers. All calls are completely confidential.

http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/

 

Whether it's family difficulties, money problems, or feeling lonely, it can be a difficult time, remember the Samaritans offer a safe place to talk anytime of the day or night

Samaritans offers listening ear over Christmas. Whatever you're going through, call them free any time, from any phone on 116 123.

They are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call them on the phone. The number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call them. From the UK: 116 123