It is not easy supporting someone who is experiencing domestic abuse but you’re not alone. There are a number of local and national organisations you can contact for help and support.

You can ask for advice about the situation without having to tell them who you are or who the person experiencing domestic abuse is.

Avon & Somerset Domestic Abuse FreeFone Service (DAFFS)

0800 6949 999

A free phone service available to anyone who wants advice about domestic abuse.

National support organisations

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

A 24-hour helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge. It is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, and their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf, or for advice themselves.

Womens Aid

0808 2000 247 24

Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

A helpline providing advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence or abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

0300 999 5428 (or Freephone 0800 999 5428)

A national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) domestic violence helpline providing support to all members of LGBT communities, their families, friends and agencies supporting the LGBT community.

Respect Phoneline

0808 802 4040

A helpline offering advice, information and support for men who want to stop being violent and abusive towards their partner.

Victim Support

0808 16 89 111

A support service for people who have been a victim of any crime (including domestic abuse) or have been affected by a crime committed against someone they know.