Domestic Abuse

Local contacts and help for people suffering from domestic abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse experienced by those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality,

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • 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 abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

People experiencing Domestic Abuse may also have additional support needs, for instance in terms of:

  • Mental and/or Physical Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Social Exclusion
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Substance Use

Domestic Abuse Support

In Bournemouth Support is available from the following:

There are also National providers of support, including:

  • Mankind Initiative For Men experiencing/have experienced domestic abuse 01823 334244
  • Mens Advice Line For Men experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse 0808 801 0327
  • Survivors UK For Men who have been raped or sexually abused 0845 122 1201
  • Forced Marriage Unit For anyone who believes they are going to be forced to marry as well as anyone who wants to leave a forced marriage 020 7008 0151
  • Karma Nirvana For those experiencing so called 'Honour' based abuse and/or forced marriage 0800 5999 247
  • Southall Black Sisters Advises those experiencing domestic abuse, honour crimes and forced marriage  0208 571 0800
  • Childline has a useful website and helpline for children and young people 0800 1111
  • Get Connected is a confidential helpline for people under 25 0808 808 4994
  • The Hideout Website has advice tailored to children and young people who think they are in an abusive relationship
  • Respect Not Fear is a website for young people with information on healthy relationships and where to get help if yu are in an abusive relationship
  • This is Abuse Website has advice on all aspects of teenage relationship abuse
  • National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) 0800 970 2070
  • The National 24 Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Respect For people who identify they are abusive to their partners and wish to stop 0845 122 8609
  • Samaritans 116 123
  • Victim Support 0845 3899 528

What is Bournemouth Borough Council Doing?

We have a Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinator within Community Safety.

We have a partnership across Dorset to tackle domestic abuse.

We have a plan for next three years (available here) which sets out the four priority areas of:


Preventing Domestic Abuse (including Stalking & Harassment, HBA and FM). Educating and challenging attitudes.


Safeguarding Victims, affected children and Vulnerable Adults.


Enforcement through the Criminal Justice and Civil system and prevent re-offending.


Maintain a performance framework that informs a prioritised approach to dealing with Domestic Abuse in all its forms.

Useful Resources