Domestic abuse in rural areas

Domestic abuse is a complex issue that happens in every community. However, for someone living in a rural area, there can be extra factors that contribute to the prevalence, whilst also making it more difficult to get support.

Research by the National Rural Crime Network has revealed that in rural Britain, there are hidden victims who are isolated, unsupported and unprotected.

That’s why we’ve created the Rural Abuse campaign – to raise awareness and improve access to support in rural areas of Nottinghamshire.

Free training for professionals and members of the public, in North Ashfield


We’re holding free, online training sessions, between January and March 2024 to improve community safety.

These training sessions are for people living, working and volunteering in North Ashfield (specifically Selston, Jacksdale and Underwood)

For anyone working or volunteering in North Ashfield 

Do you work in health, education, private business or in a community group? Do you have contact with people who may be experiencing domestic abuse as part of your role?

Click on a date for more information and to book your place.

Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse

An introductory session for anyone who might come into contact with a person experiencing domestic abuse in their work or volunteer role.  This session will help you build a toolkit of information and strategies to use in your workplace.


Domestic Abuse in Rural Areas

Learn about the nature of domestic abuse in rural areas, the barriers people face in accessing services and support and how to signpost and refer.


How Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse use Technology

The session will provide practitioners with an overview of the perpetrator’s use of technology, how it impacts the person experiencing it, how to spot it, and tools to help prevent it.


For residents, workers, volunteers, businesses, faith and community organisations

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Bystander and Community Training

This session gives an overview of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, how it is defined, and identifies some simple ways that you can respond and support someone who is impacted by domestic or sexual abuse.


J9 – Creating safe space in the community

Any business, community venue or organisation can create a J9 safe space. Following training, you’ll receive resources to display along with the J9 logo. This lets people experiencing abuse know you are a safe place to get information and use a telephone to contact support services.


This project is funded by Make Notts Safe, from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Help and support

Supporting someone through a difficult and emotional time can be challenging. Remember to look after yourself.

If you need support for yourself or advice about how to support someone else experiencing domestic abuse, you can the organisations below


Support for women and children

Juno Women’s Aid

Free 24-hour local helpline

0808 800 0340



Support for men


Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm (7.30pm on Wednesdays) – 24/7 confidential answerphone available outside these times

0800 9956 999


The Survivor’s handbook from Women’s Aid also contains practical information about every aspect of seeking support.


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