Domestic abuse is defined as controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour between partners or family members who are aged over 16. It can include physical vi­olence as well as threats and emotional, sexual or financial abuse. Living with this form of abuse affects children of all ages. They may be frightened and confused and this may have an impact upon their health as well as their behaviour both at home and school.

Domestic abuse is very common but many people experiencing 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 9999 (9am to 6pm weekdays), visit or download one of these leaflets.

The Domestic Abuse Handbook and the Domestic Abuse Strategy are also available to download.

For concerns or enquiries about a child, young person or adult PLEASE PHONE NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL VIA CARE CONNECT ON 01275 888 808.

For further information on how to make a referral and to download the MARAC nad IDVA Referral please visit  Safer Stronger North Somerset