Domestic Abuse


Cornwall Domestic Abuse Helpline (24hrs)
01872 225629
Victim Support for Devon and Cornwall
0300 303 0554
Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust (24hrs)
01872 225629
Esteem (support for male victims)
01872 321546


Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service
01752 252033
Victim Support for Devon and Cornwall
0300 303 0554


Devon’s Domestic Abuse Helpline
0345 155 1074
Victim Support for Devon and Cornwall
0300 303 0554
North Devon Against Domestic Abuse
01271 321946


Are you ok?
(Torbay domestic abuse service)
01803 698869
Victim Support for Devon and Cornwall
0300 303 0554

We define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)

  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse

  • Physical or sexual abuse

  • Financial or economic abuse

  • Harassment and stalking

  • Online or digital abuse

Women’s Aid


Managing Healthy and Unhealthy Relationship Behaviours

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
A timely resource for schools preparing for statutory RSE from September, the lessons will support your students to recognise the qualities of healthy relationships, exhibit healthy relationship behaviours, identify the features of . . . unhealthy or unsafe relationships/family situations and know how to seek help if they or others are facing abusive circumstances.
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Myth vs Reality: PSHE toolkit

Key Stage 3
With Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) becoming statutory in all schools from September 2020, schools need practical, thoughtful and helpful resources to help them teach RSE. Myth vs Reality, our new PSHE Toolkit for 11-14s explores the . . . topics of online pornography, healthy relationships and body image. This toolkit is an extension of our hugely successful practical PSHE toolkit ‘Crossing the Line,’ which aims to generate discussions amongst young people aged 11-14 about their experiences online.
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Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

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ManKind: Helping males escape domestic abuse

“Our confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers. We provide an information, support and signposting service to men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife, partner (including same-sex partner) or husband. This can range from physical violence or object throwing to abuse such as constant bullying or insults.”


Operation Encompass

Our aim is to ensure that schools have timely information about all police-attended incidents of domestic abuse, no matter where in the world the child lives.

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Supporting those who have experienced violence and abuse is at the core of everything we do. No matter what your experience – domestic violence, sexual violence, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, FGM, human trafficking or modern slavery – we are here to support you.

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The Hideout

Women’s Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.


Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.

The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience(ACE)

Operation Encompass mitigates against the damage caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s.

At last there is someone I can talk to

Are children experiencing domestic abuse a vulnerable group?
A Handbook for Schools


12/09/2022 : Domestic Violence Perpetrators And Neurodiversity
Russell Webster

28/03/2022 : Tip-off plan to expose wife beaters as Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers
Daily Mail

18/02/2022 : SmartWater: The forensic spray helping keep women safe
Children and Young People Now

02/02/2022 : Warning over gaps in support for child victims of domestic abuse
Children and Young People Now

01/02/2022 : Record numbers of children affected by domestic abuse leads to call for better recovery support

Documents and Publications

Unsocial Spaces

Domestic abuse is getting ‘smarter’. When Refuge first started work 50 years ago, domestic abuse was . . . widely thought of as black eyes and broken bones. The reality for women now is that domestic abuse can take many different, insidious forms. One of those is tech abuse – where perpetrators use technology to harass, stalk, intimidate and control women.

Domestic Abuse Act 2021

An Act to make provision in relation to domestic abuse; to make provision for and in connection with . . . the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner; to make provision for the granting of measures to assist individuals in certain circumstances to give evidence or otherwise participate in civil proceedings; to prohibit cross-examination in person in family or civil proceedings in certain circumstances; to make further provision about orders under section 91(14) of the Children Act 1989; to provide for an offence of threatening to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress; to provide for an offence of strangulation or suffocation; to make provision about circumstances in which consent to the infliction of harm is not a defence in proceedings for certain violent offences; to make provision about certain violent or sexual offences, and offences involving other abusive behaviour, committed outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

At last there is someone I can talk to

Children are to be recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the new Domestic . . . Abuse Bill. When the Bill receives Royal Assent, the Government, organisations and professionals who come into contact with children will need to demonstrate the ways in which this recognition has changed and improved the services and support that are available for the children in their care.


Child to Parent Violence

This episode is about child and adolescent to parent abuse. It covers how this form of abuse is defined, what is known . . . about when and why it occurs, how social workers can support families, both when there are specific programmes in place and what they can do themselves. We also explore the links and differences with domestic abuse. Discussing these questions are Helen Bonnick, social worker specialising in this area and Jane Griffiths, parent-child therapist, consultant and trainer. The questions were asked by Joanna Silman content editor at Community Care Inform.
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Domestic abuse and Covid-19

In this episode, we discuss how social workers can best protect clients experiencing domestic abuse during the lockdown . . . period. Sadly the facts speak for themselves. Calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline went up by 49% after three weeks of lockdown, and the Metropolitan Police alone has made over 4,000 arrests for domestic abuse since 9th March.
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NSPCC: why domestic abuse is a child protection issue

Find out how to improve your practice around domestic abuse when working with children and families. In this episode, we . . . discuss the complexities of domestic abuse and why it is a safeguarding and child protection issue. We talk about the main themes that emerged from our learning from case reviews briefing on domestic abuse and share what we see in practice.
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Podcast: Partnered with a Survivor

What does it mean to give consistent consent? What is coercive control? How do you probably see it or feel it every day? . . . This is a podcast you’ll wish you had heard when you were a teenager. In unsure, confusing times, it’s our goal to widen the audience for the Safe & Together Model-associated material to survivors, their family members, and even perpetrators. For professionals familiar with the Model, it will offer another angle on the issues addressed by the Model. For those who don’t know Safe & Together, it offers a connection to the themes and ideas behind the work.


Domestic Violence

In this Domestic Violence course you will learn of the existing legislations surrounding domestic violence in order to . . . protect individuals. You will consider the key elements of domestic violence in relation to the behaviours that are experienced by both the abuser and the victim.
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