Domestic Violence and Abuse
If you feel scared of your partner it is likely that you are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Almost 1 in every 3 women aged between 16-59 will experience it in their lives and men can be victims too.
Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone.
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
As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system and call 999 and then press 55 when prompted. If you can’t use a voice phone, you can register with the police text service – text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger
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
Service male victims and those who identify as male offering safety planning, support through civil and criminal proceedings, counselling and access to appropriate housing. This service is provided via Victim Support. Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30am-5:30pm and Tue/Thu 11am-7pm contact: 0300 303 1972. Also a 24 hour National Supportline outside these hours: 08081689111. Or contact via the website: Victim Support Mens Service website
Men’s Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme
The University of Bristol and Splitz Support Service in conjunction with Next Link are running a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme in Bristol/North Somerset/South Gloucestershire as part of a larger research study. Men can be referred by services or can self-refer. For more information contact email@example.com 07976 225462 or see: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/reprovide/workstream-ii-group-intervention-for-men/‘
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
Where you can get help
If you are experiencing domestic abuse it’s not your fault. There are services that can provide support.
- All our local services below all services have adapted to continue to provide support during CoVid19
Crisis support, temporary supported housing and safe houses and long term support in the community 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 & 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.
General Enquiries: 0117 4270012 or email: Info@opoka.org.uk
Information in Polish: 0300 3651700
Chat online via Skype: OPOKA BRISTOL 10.00am – 15.00pm.
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. They provide night outreach, drop-in centre and casework, giving person-centred support and advocacy to around 240 women each year.
Telephone: 0117 909 8832
Victim Support South West
Free confidential support to male and female victims of all crimes including domestic abuse. Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30am – 5:30 pm and Tues/Thurs 11am – 7pm. 24 National Supportline outside these times: 0808168911. You can also request contact via www.victimsupport.org.uk
BRI Emergency Dept, Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (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
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
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 and ashamed 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.