What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Abuse does not only mean physical assault. It can be controlling behaviour, which includes sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
It is rarely a one-off event. Physical and sexual abuse tends to increase in frequency and severity with time, sometimes ending in death.
Anyone can experience domestic abuse, regardless of age, race, sexuality, religion, disability or ethnic group.
Remember, if you are in an abusive relationship, you are not to blame. You can get help.

How can I start to make a change?

  • Recognise that what is happening to you is Domestic Abuse
  • Accept that you are not to blame
  • Get Help

Who can I talk to?

If you, or someone you know is suffering domestic abuse, there are a range of organisations that can help - ask at your local library or Citizen's Advice Bureau for more information.


CARP - Central Allocation & Referral Point:  0845 6029035 

Gloucester Domestic Violence Support & Advocacy Project: 01452 500115
Victim Support: 0845 30 30 900
Gloucestershire Rape Crisis: 01452 526770
Gay and Lesbian Friend Helpline: 01452 306800

Stroud Beresford Group (Refuge): 01453 764385

Stonham (Refuge - area office): 01242 283080

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: Strategic Co-ordinator 01242 247933 www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/domesticabuse


Women's Aid: 08457 023 468

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200247
Refuge: 08705 995 443
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
National Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Broken Rainbow: 07812 644 914

Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

Respect Helpline: 0808 802 4040

What will the police do?

Wherever you live in Gloucestershire, you can contact a specialist domestic abuse officer in the Public Protection Bureau's Domestic Abuse Unit for help and advice.
Domestic Abuse Unit - 01242 276848 or 276850

Police will fully investigate all reports of crimes of domestic abuse, this will usually involve arresting and interviewing the alleged offender. If you wish to report a crime you can call 0845 090 1234 or 999 if you need an urgent police response.

Remember: the Police will take positive action to keep you safe

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