Domestic abuse is defined as controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour between partners or family members who are aged over 16.  It can include phsycial violence as well as threates and emotional, sexual or financial abuse.  

Domestic abuse is very common but many people experieincing it do not ask for help.  However, there is a lot of support available for anyone living with domestic abuse, including a helpline, one-to-one support and courses and drop-ins.  To find out more or for general advice contact the DAFFS helpline 0800 694 999 (9am to 6pm weekdays), visit the North Somerset Council website or download one of the leaflets below.  The Domestic Abuse Handbook and the Domestic Abuse Strategy are also available to download.

For further information on how to make a referral and to download the MARAC and IDVA Referral please visit the Safer and Stronger website.