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Domestic violence and abuse

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Domestic violence and abuse happens in all communities and anyone can be a victim regardless of age, race, income, religion, sex, disability, culture or sexual orientation. It is very common and we also know that it is a very hidden crime, with many victims not reporting it to the police. If you or a friend need help support is available. There are people who will listen to you and can give you advice on how to keep and stay safe.

Domestic violence and abuse can be psychological, physical, financial or emotional. It can include:

  • emotional – being called names, being made to feel bad about yourself, being stopped from going out, being told what you can or can’t wear
  • financial or economic– being kept short of money or not being allowed to make decisions about money
  • physical – being hit, punched, kicked, slapped or pushed
  • psychological – being told you are a bad parent, or that children will be taken away from you or being deliberately isolated from friends and family
  • sexual – being forced to have sex when you do not want to
  • control – not being allowed to go where you want, when you want
  • coercion – for example, being forced to do things you don’t want to do.

Call 999 if a crime is happening now or you’re in immediate danger.


Domestic violence and abuse can be  perpetrated by a partner, ex partner, family member or carer.

it’s really important to remember that what ever your circumstances, what is happening to you isn’t your fault and help is available. domestic violence and abuse isn’t acceptable and the victim is never to blame.

Get support

Next Link provides support services for women, men and children in South Gloucestershire who are, or have been victims of domestic abuse. Their services include telephone help and advice, safe house accommodation, community outreach services and group programmes.

Referrals can be made by telephone, email or through the Next Link website. At the first point of contact there is a triage advice service where all victims asking for support will be offered a relevant service that meets their needs and responds to their immediate safety risks. Callers wanting advice and guidance can access our accredited advice service.

You will receive a response within 24 hours of your inquiry.

You can also talk anonymously with our support workers through our live chat helpline.

To find out more about these services please:

Safelink provide independent support for anyone (women, men, children) who has been the victim of rape and sexual abuse across the whole of Avon and Somerset area. You do NOT have to report to the police to access our services. We also provide women’s mental health and domestic abuse support services.

Kinergy is a registered charity offering counselling up to 24 weeks, group work and a monthly support group to men and women who are survivors of sexual abuse and rape. Based in Kingswood Kinergy works with people from the surrounding areas – predominantly South Gloucestershire and Bristol, and people travel from as far as Bath and North East Somerset.

Kinergy has 20 years’ experience of providing specialist trauma informed counselling. We recognise the deep and far reaching effects of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. There is a deep understanding of how sexual abuse and childhood sexual abuse can affect all areas of a person’s life and the aim is to provide a safe, accepting and supportive environment where people can come to terms with the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future.

Kinergy also provides counselling through the iaptus referral pathway (NHS) as a specialist counselling agency step 3.

To find out more about these services please call 0117 908 7712 or

SARSAS provides support to people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, B&NES, North Somerset and Somerset, who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.

To find out more about this service please call 0808 801 0456 or 0808 801 0464



Survivor Pathway is an online resource for anyone wanting to know more about specialist sexual violence support service in the South West.  You can find information by visiting their website

Kooth counselling is a free, saf and anonymous online support for young people.

Brook provide help and advice relating to healthy lives for young people, their abuse and violence page covers types of abuse and real life stories.

The Mix’s relationships page has a great deal of content and advice for young people. They also have a tool for people with concerns about whether or not your relationship is healthy.

The Hideout is another good website aimed at children and young people.

BAVA’s (Bristol Against Violence and Abuse) children and young people page has information relevant to local contacts.

South Gloucestershire Council

If you have any queries relating to the contents of this page, or regarding DVA services at local authority level, please contact:

Tel: 01454 86 8751

Please note that we are currently reviewing our information, advice and guidance about domestic violence and abuse. Updated material will be available soon.

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