Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service is a county-wide service designed to reduce the level of domestic abuse and improve the safety of victims and their families. We operate in all Districts offering a variety of support programmes for women and men over 16 years old experiencing Domestic Abuse.
What is Domestic Abuse?
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
(Source: https://www.gov.uk/domestic-violence-and-abuse, Jul 2015)
What Can I Do?
If you, or someone you know, is affected by domestic abuse there are a number of things you can do:
- Contact us for practical local support.
- We can help you and your children stay safe in your own home
- We can help you access specialist legal advice.
- We can help you with other agencies (eg Benefits and Housing).
- If you cannot stay at home, we can help you find a Place of Safety.
- We can help you and your children move on.
- Call the police (999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency situation).
Or contact any of the national support help lines:
- National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247).
- National Centre for Domestic Abuse (0844 8044 999).
- Men's Advice Line (0808 801 0327).