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Domestic Abuse Support

If you or someone you know is at risk, then know that you're not alone. Contact us or call 999 if there’s immediate danger.

You can also contact Next Link at North Somerset Council on 0117 925 0680 or email

Domestic abuse is a one off or re occurrence of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour including sexual violence. Mostly 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.

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.

Other services

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