If you or your family are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999.

Domestic Violence and Abuse

If you feel scared of your partner it is likely that you are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. It is very common, 1 in 4 women will experience it in their lives and men can be victims too.

Domestic violence and abuse is the misuse of emotional, physical,financial or sexual control by one person over another.

The abuser may be a family member or someone you are in or have been in a relationship with.

Anyone can be a victim of abuse regardless of age, race, income, religion, belief, sex, disability, culture or sexual orientation.

If this is happening to you, there are things you can do to help keep yourself safe. Click here to find out how.

Main contacts for help

Next Link

Crisis support and temporary supported housing for women and children experiencing abuse.
0117 925 0680
www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk

National Domestic Abuse helpline

Freephone 24-Hour helpline, for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, and people calling on their behalf.
0808 2000 247
nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Men’s Domestic Abuse Support

A service available to male victims and those who identify as male offering safety planning, support through civil and criminal proceedings, counselling and access to appropriate housing
0300 303 1972
Victim Support Mens Service website

Men’s Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme

A specialist perpetrators of domestic abuse service run in Bristol. The service supports those willing to take responsibility for aggressive, controlling or violent behaviours through an established evidence based 1:1 behaviour changing programme
0117 916 6588 or 07917 171 887
rsvp@dhibristol.org.uk

 

Advice and resources

Are you worried about friend, family, neighbour or even work colleague?
1 in 4 women in England and Wales will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives so someone you know could well be affected by it – if you are worried or concerned about someone but are unsure how to support them, below you will find some useful packs which include practical and emotional support advice and tools.

Domestic Violence and Abuse
If you are worried about a friend or relative who has been affected by Domestic Abuse but are unsure and don’t know what to do, click below to access a free guide offering practical and emotional advice on how best to support them.
DVA Friends and Family Booklet

Abusive Friend or Relative
If you are worried about a friend or relative who may be abusive towards their partner, click below to access a free guide offering safe practical advice. The guide was written in collaboration with Bristol City Council, Police and Crime Commissioners and RSVP, the dedicated service working with perpetrators of domestic abuse in Bristol.
Using Abuse leaflet

People who can help

If you are experiencing domestic abuse it’s not your fault. There are services that can provide support.

Local Services

Next Link

Crisis support and temporary supported housing for women and children experiencing abuse.
0117 925 0680
www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk

Northern Arc (North Bristol)

Offers support in North Bristol for women and men. They can help you to think through your choices to improve your safety.

0117 982 2495
www.northern-arc.com

Southern Arc (South Bristol)

Offers support in South Bristol for women and men. They can help you to think through your choices to improve your safety.
0117 353 3853
www.southern-arc.com

Victim Support South West

Free confidential support to male and female victims of all crimes including domestic abuse.
0845 456 6099
www.victimsupport.org.uk

BRI Emergency Dept, Independent Domestic Violence Advisers or IDVA Service.

Advisers provide support for male and female victims including crisis intervention, risk assessment and advocacy. 9 am -5 pm daily, Monday to Sunday including bank holidays.
0117 342 1495 / 1496

Survive

Services and support for women who have experienced domestic abuse. Also helps children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.
0117 961 2999
www.survivedv.org.uk
info@survivedv.org.uk

Bristol Freedom Programme

Support groups for women. Free programme for any woman with experience of living with domestic violence and abuse.
www.bristolfreedomprogramme.wordpress.com

National Services

Men’s Advice Line

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
0808 801 0327
www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Respect

National organisation that supports male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, young people who use violence and abuse at home and in relationships, and men who are victims of domestic violence.

0808 802 4040

www.respectphoneline.org.uk

I was too scared to tell anyone that my partner was abusing me. I’ve recently met with a domestic abuse support worker and they have given me the confidence to start making small changes in my life so that I can be me again.