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
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
Local information coming soon. In the meantime please see national website RESPECT.
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.
- Freedom Poster
- This is abuse advert on YouTube
- Women’s Aid website
- This Is Not An Excuse Website
- Refugee Women of Bristol – Domestic abuse – English
- Refugee Women of Bristol – Domestic abuse – Chinese
- Refugee Women of Bristol – Domestic abuse – Kurdish
- Refugee Women of Bristol – Domestic abuse – Somali
- Refugee Women of Bristol – Domestic abuse – Arabic
- Men’s Domestic Abuse Leaflet
People who can help
If you are experiencing domestic abuse it’s not your fault. There are services that can provide support.
Crisis support, temporary supported housing and long term support for women and children experiencing abuse. You can call 0117 925 0680 and speak to one of our female workers in confidence, or visit www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk to access our live chat service.
SARSAS – Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support
SARSAS is for women, girls, men and boys who have experienced any sexual violence, at any time in their lives. They offer a help line, one to one support sessions, counselling and e-support.
Women and Girls: 0808 801 0456 (Free phone from landlines and most mobile networks) Men and Boys: 0808 801 0464 www.sarsas.org.uk
OPOKA is an Eastern European Family Support Centre which provides support and assistance to women and children who are experiencing domestic violence. The Centre provides short term individual crisis counselling and long term therapy for women and children.
General Enquiries & Initial Assessments: 0 300 365 1700 (In Polish) 0117 2980671 (In English)
European Legal Advisor: 0117 9166623 (In Polish Only)
Domestic Violence Helpline Number: 0117 9166624 (In Polish)
Emergency Crisis Contact Number: 07980156187
One25 is a Bristol-based charity, specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives. We provide night outreach, drop-in centre and casework, giving person-centred support and advocacy to around 240 women each year.
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 (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) 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
Bristol Freedom Programme
Support groups for women held throughout Bristol. Free programme for any woman with experience of living with domestic violence and abuse, or has left the relationship.
You can refer yourself or professionals can refer for you. Please contact Next Link to apply for a place and for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 9250680
Loved Ones of Domestic Abuse (LODA) is a peer led group offering support to anyone that has been impacted by a Victim / Survivor of Domestic Abuse. This could be parents, siblings or extended family members including close friends. The group meetings offer the opportunity for loved ones to connect with others in similar situations and to practice essential tools for self-care.
For more information contact: 0756 8486947 or email : email@example.com
Our Time – Positive Action Group for Women
Run by and for local South Bristol women with experience of domestic abuse and mental health challenges.
Our aim is to support women to be more positive, open and confident through
- Meeting new people
- Having the opportunity to gain new skills
- Moving on to the next positive stage in life—through information and signposting
The group will be meeting in South Bristol in 2018. Email us for further info: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) is a national organisation that specifically helps victims of domestic violence and abuse to obtain legal protection irrespective of their financial position. You can refer direct via their website www.referdirect.org.uk or download their app.
Men’s Advice Line
Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Respect is a 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
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.