Domestic Abuse

Local contacts and help for people suffering from domestic abuse

We do not tolerate domestic abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial.

You shouldn’t have to change your behaviour because you’re scared.

Where to go to get help

If you have suffered from domestic abuse, any of these contacts can help you.

  • Bournemouth Women’s Refuge and Community Support: 01202 547755 (24 hour helpline)
  • Poole Women’s Refuge: 01202 748488
  • Poole Domestic Violence Outreach Project: 01202 710777
  • Citizen Advice Bureau: 01202 290967
  • Rape Crisis: 01202 547755
  • Relate (Bournemouth and Poole): 01202 311231
  • Victim Support: 0845 38 99 528 

About domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is repeated, aggressive behaviour designed to give the offender power and control.   

Domestic abuse has links to:

  • Mental health
  • Physical and learning disabilities
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Homelessness
  • Drug and alcohol misuse

Up to 20,900 women and 13,270 men in Bournemouth suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime.

What’s being done to stop it

We have a partnership across Dorset to tackle domestic abuse.

We have a plan for next three years (available here) which will prioritise:

  • Victims
  • Children and young people
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Prevention
  • Protection and criminal justice
  • Perpetrators

Although domestic violence has been reducing in Bournemouth, teenage domestic abuse is growing nationally.

The Home Office has a series of TV adverts as part of the This is Abuse campaign. This is to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teen relationships.

Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451451


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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