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Domestic abuse and violence

Violence and abuse against women and girls, and domestic and sexual violence against men, includes:

  • domestic violence and abuse
  • sexual violence
  • forced marriage
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • honour based violence
  • human trafficking
  • prostitution/sex work
  • sexual harassment
  • abuse between children and their parents 
  • violence in teenage relationships

There is no need to continue living in fear or feel that the abuse is your fault.

For more information about all of these forms of abuse, visit the Bristol Against Violence and Abuse website.

Helplines and local support groups

If you or your family are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries through abuse, call the police and emergency services on 999.

Adults with children

Adults with children need to recognise that the violence they experience can affect their child’s growth, development and emotional wellbeing and happiness. Adults in violent relationships need to consider what support their children may need.

Are you a parent who needs support with a difficult issue, from your child’s behaviour to a problem related to domestic violence?

If so, you can phone the First Response Bristol Team to request an assessment of your child’s needs on 0117 903 6444.

For up-to-date information on a range of national and local helplines and support groups, visit Bristol City Council (Domestic violence).


Teenagers who are concerned about violence in their relationship can speak to their school nurse, or go to the 4YP website which highlights a range of issues including relationships. For more information go to 4YP Bristol.

Alternatively, if you are a young person who needs to talk to someone about things that are worrying you phone the First Response Bristol Team on 0117 903 6444.

Emotional health for teenagers

Safeguarding & child protection