Your physical and emotional safety
Domestic abuse is very common. You are not the only one. It is wrong and it is not your fault. We define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the majority of cases it is carried out by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial or economic abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online or digital abuse
If you are in immediate danger, call the police 999
If you need help and need to talk to someone :
- Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline 01483 776822 (9am to 9pm, 7 days a week)
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
- Speak to your midwife
Mental Health and Emotional Safety
Emotional and mental health changes are very common in pregnancy and are experienced by many mothers-to-be. This can include feelings of sadness, emotionally low, anxious or worried. Most often, these are manageable feelings and are part of a normal pregnancy. Occasionally they can affect your relationships and your daily life activities such as work or caring for other children. Your midwives can support you to manage these feelings and to have a positive pregnancy and birth.
Very occasionally, you may experience thoughts or feelings that worry or frighten you. These might include thoughts of harming yourself or others, hearing voices or other hallucinations. You must seek help immediately for these types of emotions.
Ways to access support with your mental health and emotional wellbeing:
If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency, you should get immediate expert advice and assessment, call 0800 915 4644 Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Call a Midwife 24 hour advice line 0300 123 5473
- Royal Surrey maternity specialist mentalhealth midwives Jasmine Team 07970 446936 (9am to 5pm Monday - Friday)
- Your own GP
- Talking Therapies Surrey can help you think about things differently and help you improve your wellbeing. The website explains what is availabe and how to access help.