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Where to get help - for victims of domestic abuse

Details of the help available to those experiencing domestic abuse can be found on this page.

National Domestic Violence Helpline:

0808 2000 247




Local outreach and helplines

You First integrated domestic abuse service (Dorset County)

Freephone: 0800 032 5204 (Please be aware that calls to 0800 numbers may show up on itemised phone bills)




Poole and Bournemouth outreach

Bournemouth: 01202 547 755

Poole: 01202 710 777




24 hour helplines:

Dorset  0800 032 5204

Bournemouth 01202 547 755

Poole 01202 748 488 (can take men)


Dorset Police

In an emergency always dial 999

For all other enquiries, dial 101

See Dorset Police's information on domestic abuse


Other local support services

Victim Support

Southwest Victim Care Unit call 0300 3030 163

National helpline 0808 1689 111

The Shores - Dorset SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

Call: 01202 552 056

Dorset Rape Crisis

Call: 01202 308 855


Children and young people

Childline: 0800 11 11


The Hideout (opens in a new window)


Worried about a child

NSPCC: Call: 0808 800 5000 Text 88858

Dorset Safeguarding Children's Board


Men experiencing domestic abuse

Men's Advice Line (opens in a new window): 0808 801 0327

The ManKind Initiative: 01823 334 244


Honour Based Violence (HBV)

Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999247


For people committing domestic violence

Respect (opens in a new window): 0808 802 4040


Support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

Galop - LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity (opens in a new window): 0300 999 5428

The Intercom Trust (opens in a new window): 0800 612 3010



There are links between domestic and sexual violence and stalking.

You First: 0800 032 52 04

National Stalking Helpline (opens in a new window): 0808 802 0300


Other national support

The National Centre for Domestic Violence: 0800 9702070

Women's Aid: 0808 2000 247

Samaritans: 116 123

Elder Abuse:080 8808 8141

Citizen's Advice Bureau

Shelter: 0808 800 4444


Legal advice

Many local solicitors are able to help victims of domestic violence and abuse with legal advice and access to civil legal remedies. The National Centre for Domestic Violence (opens in a new window)can also provide legal help and support and can be contacted on 0844 8044 999. UK call charges and rates (opens in a new window)


Domestic abuse coordinators

Domestic Abuse Coordinators can provide further information on the availability of local and national sources of help for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence but are not able to advise on individual cases.

Dorset : Ian Grant, Programme Coordinator, Community Safety

Poole: Lisa Dowry, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Manager

Bournemouth: Rachel Young, Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinator

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