On 29 April 2021 the government enacted the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. This places a duty on Westmorland and Furness Council to assess the need for support and prepare strategies to provide services for victims in safe accommodation and to provide domestic abuse survivors with community in-reach services. 

Domestic abuse includes:

  • coercive control
  • emotional abuse
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • harassment or stalking
  • online abuse

If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing abuse, help and support is available. 

To report an incident or in an emergency:

Cumbria police non-emergency call 101 or Cumbria Police online, in an emergency always call 999 

Barrow: dutytorefer1@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk 01229 876599 office hours, 01229 833311 out of hours 

Eden: housingoptions@edenha.org.ukdutytorefer2@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk 01768 861499 office hours, 0800 0614232 out of hours

South Lakeland: homelessness@southlakeland.gov.uk  01539 793 199 office hours, 01229 833311 out of hours.

Gateway 4 Women (Eden) men's support also available: 01228 212090  admin@cumbriagateway.co.uk

Women Community Matters (Barrow and South Lakeland) - men's support also available: 01229 311102  reception@womenscommunitymatters.org

Springfield (South Lakeland): Women's refuge support takes referrals Nation Wide. Community based support  available for men, women and children.  01539 726171 refuge@springfieldsupport.org.  Men, women and children:  help@springfieldsupport.org.

Cumbria Victim Support (Cumbria wide) for women, men and children: 0300 3030 157 (local) Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and 24/7 Support Line 0808 1689 111 cumbria.admin@victimsupport.org.uk

Safety Net (Cumbria wide) for women, men and children 01228 515859  

The Birchall Trust (Cumbria wide) for women, men and children.

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Victims : 0800 9995428 

Mankind Initiative : 01823 334244 and Men's Advice Line 0808 8010327 

24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Freephone helpline : 01942 262 270

National Child Line : 0800 1111

The Domestic Abuse Alliance brings together organisations working on the frontline of domestic abuse across the UK with the legal sector to deliver joined-up instant legal assistance and protection.  They run the We Protect app. On this app, victims of domestic abuse can get free, legal advice. Referrals can be made online using a one page form or by telephone 0800 101 7110.