It has been reported that more people are now reaching out for help in domestic violence situations.
Domestic abuse is not limited to physical violence. It can also be an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour. It can include sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
If you are worried about a loved one, or are seeking help yourself, free confidential advice is available. Many support services remain open during the current pandemic.
Support for domestic abuse victims
The Bristol Against Violence and Abuse website lists organisations that can give support and advice, by the type of violence or abuse.
Next Link provide support services, and can help arrange emergency accommodation, for women and girls who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse: call 0117 925 0680 email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Domestic Violence Helpline helps women experiencing domestic abuse. You’ll be able to talk confidentially to someone about your situation and find out what your options are. Call 0808 2000 247.
Victim Support offers support for all men who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. This includes anyone who identifies as male, who is heterosexual, gay, bisexual or transgender or who is fleeing ‘honour’ based violence and forced marriage: call 0300 303 1972 or 07432 504692, email email@example.com
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327.
ManKind: 01823 334244.
Gallop, the national LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline. Call: 0800 999 5428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist domestic abuse legal advice
Our specialist family and relationship solicitors can help in obtaining Non Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders on an urgent basis to provide protection from harm for you and your family.
If you are ready to seek legal advice you can contact our friendly team by calling 0117 906 9400 or email email@example.com All enquiries are treated in confidence. If you would prefer to make a start in your own time, you can complete our online questionnaire. This will give you an instant, personalised guide on where you stand legally and the options available to you.