We've launched a new domestic abuse awareness campaign calling on people to look out for signs of domestic abuse and not ignore any ‘gut feeling’ that something could be wrong.
The campaign encourages people to report concerns to the independent charity Crimestoppers, where information can be passed anonymously.
You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via their 24/7 phone number - 0800 555 111, or visit the Crimestoppers give information page
You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details and calls are never traced.
This page gives advice on the signs of domestic abuse and what you should do if you suspect a friend, relative, neighbour or colleague may be in an abusive relationship.
The term ‘domestic abuse’ can be very confusing and people often think that it only refers to a person being physically hurt by their partner. The definition in the UK is actually much bigger than this and includes lots of different types of abuse, including;
Both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse and it happens in same-sex relationships too.
Abuse can continue even when the relationship has ended. The term domestic abuse also covers abuse between adult family members, for example abuse by a grown-up child towards a parent.
Below are things you may notice that could indicate that the person you know is experiencing domestic abuse:
Even if the person you know has ended the relationship, it is possible that abuse may continue, especially if the abuser still has the person’s contact details or has access to the person, for example if they have children together.
If you think your friend, relative, neighbour or colleague may be in an abusive relationship, download a help guide for detailed advice on the things you can do which can provide emotional and practical support for that person.
The guide also provides information about the ways the situation may impact on you and what you can do to help support your own wellbeing whilst providing help to a friend, relative, neighbour or colleague.
Guides are also available in selected local GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres in Bristol.
Because many abusive behaviours are crimes, reporting you concerns is important. To do this you can contact Crimestoppers – they are an independent charity who will pass on your concerns to an appropriate organisation without you needing to identify yourself.
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on the 24/7 freephone number - 0800 555 111.
You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details and calls are never traced. In an emergency, always call the police on 999.
It is not easy supporting someone who is experiencing domestic abuse but you’re not alone. There are a number of organisations you can contact for help and support - for you, and the person you know.
You can ask them for advice about the situation without having to tell them who you are or who the person experiencing domestic abuse is.
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.
0808 801 0327
A helpline providing advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.
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.
A national charity for women and children, working to end domestic abuse.
0808 802 4040
A helpline offering advice, information and support for men who want to stop being violent and abusive towards their partner.
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.
To report suspected domestic abuse anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also contact police by calling 101. In an emergency, always call 999.
For more information about domestic abuse, visit our advice pages. Information about local support services can also be found on the Lighthouse Victim Care website