Survivors handbook

The Survivors Handbook is a free, easy to read, handbook produced by National Women’s Aid.  It provides support and information for women experiencing domestic violence, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking help and support.  It covers understanding domestic violence and how to make yourself and your children safe, and guides you through the legal protection framework and explains the role of the legal profession and police.


The Survivor's Handbook has been produced in a 'printer-friendly' format so you can print out the key sections you may want to refer to.  Remember to keep anything you print safe, away from your abuser.

The Survivors Handbook is protected by copyright to Women's Aid Federation of England (© 2006 Women's Aid Federation of England).

WAIS contact numbers:
Helpline: 0808 800 0340
Referrals: 0115 947 6490
Office: 0115 947 5257




Did you know …

Domestic violence is under-reported, but research shows that:

  • today, 1 in 10 women will be experiencing abuse.
  • 1 in 4 women will experience abuse at some point in their lives.
  • each week at least 2 women are killed by their partner or ex partner.
  • on average, 35 assaults happen before the police are called.
  • domestic abuse costs the UK’s statutory agencies an estimated £3 billion a year.