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Support for Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is defined as a one off or re occurrence of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour including sexual violence. Mostly it is perpetrated by a current or ex-partner, but in some cases also by a family member or carer. These cases can be very common.

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 experiencing any of the above types of abuse and need help or advise, call the DAFFs helpline 0800 6949 999 09:00 to 17:00 to talk to Gemini Services. There is also a 24-hour national helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge 0808 2000 247 if you need to speak to someone out of working hours.

As well as the services above, there are lots of other support and advise organisations that are able to help victims of domestic abuse.

• Reclaim: Couselling and Advice – 07919 440233

Counselling and confidential advice to anyone over 18 in North Somerset who has been affected by domestic abuse

• National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247

A 24-hour helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge. It is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

• Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327

A helpline providing advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

• National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0800 999 5428

A national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Domestic Violence helpline providing support to all members of LGBT communities,
their family, friends, and agencies supporting them.

• Women’s Aid

A national charity for women and children, working to end domestic abuse.

• Respect Phoneline - 0808 802 4040

A helpline offering advice, information and support for men who want to stop being violent and abusive towards their partner.