This website has been created to help those living with domestic abuse to recognise the symptoms, and to find support services to help them change their situations, whether that is leaving or staying.  We also have a growing section for professionals with information on services, agencies and procedures to ensure they can give the best possible support to their clients.

 If you are affected by domestic abuse and you need help quickly:

  • If you or your family are in immediate danger, ring 999 and ask for help.

  • The National Domestic Violence Helpline is an emergency freephone 24 hour number - call 0808 2000 247 for help and if you need urgent access to refuge services.

  • Don't accept Domestic Abuse! You are not alone, get the help you need by using the links on this web-site.

Domestic abuse is a common (but unfortunately hidden) issue, where people of either gender – adults, teenagers and children suffer or are forced through physical, emotional, financial or other manipulation to change their behaviour by those who should be most supportive of them; girlfriend or boyfriend, husbands, wives or civil partners, partners, ex partners, or family members - for example parents, siblings or relatives in law. 

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  • SAFELIVES - Getting it right first time

    SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse have developed an advice sheet for professionals who don't usually work with domestic abuse. The advice is aimed at helping them ask the right questions so that they can signpost to appropriate services or support for the victim.  The checklist can be printed off or accessed online here

  • This is not an excuse….

    Avon & Somerset Police have designed a really useful domestic abuse website . There is a simple interactive quiz which asks the question 'How healthy is your relationship?' and advice and guidance for anyone effected by domestic abuse.

    In collaboration with Bristol City Council & Avon and Somerset's PCC a leaflet has been produced by Dr Alison Gregory from the University of Bristol. The leaflet called 'It might be nothing, but it could mean everything:' provides guidance and advice for people who think they know someone who may be in an abusive relationship. You can download the leaflet from thisisnotanexcuse.org pages.

  • ” the perfect boyfriend” - Abuse victim speaks out to warn others of the dangers.

    Kate Friday, a 20 year old student from Liverpool's Hope University, has been speaking about the terrifying moment her boyfriend Kyle Newby forced his fingers down her throat and pushed so hard that he ripped her flesh open.

    Kate, from West Derby, met Newby, then a car salesman, on an online dating website in February 2014. She explained how their relationship quickly became turbulent and how she came to accept the abuse as the norm and just got used to it.

    “I wish someone had been there to tell me about the warning signs...If me speaking out can prevent another young woman from going through what I have, then it’s worth it.”

    Newby, 21, was spared jail after admitting harassment and assault last month - and instead ordered to take part in a ‘building better relationships’ programme.

    Link to the Liverpool Echo for the rest of the article here

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