Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, degrading, threatening and violent behaviour including sexual violence.

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Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, degrading, threatening and violent behaviour including sexual violence. Domestic abuse can also include psychological and emotional abuse, financial abuse, harassment and stalking and online or digital abuse committed by a partner, former partner, family member or carer.
The support line 0800 694 9999 is a single point of contact for confidential advice and support to any person concerned about domestic abuse in the Avon and Somerset area.
You may be considering leaving an abusive partner, or you may be looking for advice on securing safe housing. Your housing options will vary depending on your particular circumstances, so we will always advise you speak directly to a Housing Options Officer to get accurate advice tailored to your specific situation.
If you live with a partner or other family member in a joint private or social tenancy, you will both have the legal right to live there. Your landlord cannot remove one person's name from a joint tenancy without their consent.
If you have a joint mortgage you both have the legal right to live there. You will have a joint responsibility with your spouse or partner to ensure the mortgage is paid even if one of you moves out of the property. Your spouse or partner may not be willing to move out but there are legal measures you can take that could exclude them and protect yourself from them.
You may be able to get legal protection from your abuser by applying for a civil injunction or protection order.
A refuge is more than just a safe place to stay. Refuges are in undisclosed locations, with specialised support staff there to help you manage the impacts of the abuse you have been through. They help women and children to overcome the impacts of violence and abuse and offer a huge range of practical and emotional support. This might include support on housing, education, accessing benefits, employment, or immigration, or it might mean helping to achieve better health and wellbeing.