Domestic abuse is clearly defined as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
• psychological
• physical
• sexual
• financial
• emotional

There are a number of resources available to you so that you can get help if you have experienced domestic abuse:

Local outreach and help lines:

Dorset County – You First integrated domestic abuse service
You First work with women, men and children.

Free phone: 0800 032 5204 (Please be aware that calls to 0800 numbers may show up on itemised phone bills)
Email: [email protected]


Dorset Police
Dorset Police have clearly set out domestic abuse and the law with a range of places you are able to get support for domestic abuse:
SafeLives website is a dedicated online platform working towards ending domestic abuse. It works with survivors to help tailor support for victims of domestic abuse by providing information on staying safe from domestic violence and abuse especially during COVID-19 pandemic.

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