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Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is any violent or abusive behaviour used by one person to dominate and control another within a close personal or family relationship.

It can happen to anyone, in all kinds of relationships – heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. People experience domestic violence regardless of their social group, age, class, lifestyle, disability or sexuality. It can begin at any time – in a new relationship or after many years together.

  • Physical abuse: pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.

  • Sexual abuse: forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.

  • Financial abuse: taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.

  • Emotional abuse / coercive control: making someone repeatedly feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games. Coercive control is now a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act 2015.

  • Digital / online abuse: using technology to further isolate, humiliate or control someone.

  • Honour-based violence and forced marriage 

The Swindon & Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership employs a Domestic Violence Co-ordinator to work with agencies, organisations and communities such as Swindon Women’s Refuge, the Police, Health Visitors, NSPCC and Housing to raise awareness of domestic violence and identify ways to support victims and survivors.


SSP training in Domestic Abuse can be found by accessing the training pages on this site. 

Help & Support

Domestic Abuse - Advice and Information Contact Numbers (June 2018)​

Relate have launched a counselling service for young people aged 11-25 who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence or abuse.  The services is face to face and one to one.  The young people must have left the abusive relationship. For more information about the service call Relate on 01242 523215

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

Swindon Women's Aid operates a variety of support services in the Swindon area which aim to support and protect victims, survivors and children who are experiencing or have witnessed domestic abuse. The services support both female and males victims are completely free of charge and totally confidential. They operate 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.  For referral pathway and related documents click here

Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).

Southall Black Sisters - for Asian and African Caribbean women experiencing domestic violence