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Help for those who have experienced domestic abuse

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

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Dorset (You First):

0800 032 5204

Local outreach and help lines

You First integrated domestic abuse service (Dorset County)

Free phone: 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 710 777 (can take men, those experiencing Honour Based Violence and forced marriage)


Support for other topics


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

An independent charity. Support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.

Southwest Victim Care Unit call 0300 3030 163

National helpline 0808 1689 111

The Shores - Dorset SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

Providing a comprehensive service to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Call: 01202 552 056

Dorset Rape Crisis

A voluntary organisation run for men, women, young people and children who have been raped or sexually abused.

Call: 01202 308 855


Children and young people

Childline: 0800 11 11

Safe DATE: Support and guidance on relationship abuse, sexting and consent to help you make the right decisions and stay safe.

The Hideout (opens in a new window) : A space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

The Family Partnership Zones are able to offer support and guidance for children and families living in Dorset and advice and guidance to professionals of other services that they might find useful to signpost families to.

Worried about a child

NSPCC: Call: 0808 800 5000 Text 88858

Dorset Safeguarding Children's Board: (DSCB) Made up of representatives from statutory, voluntary and community organisations/services, the DSCB meets regularly to agree and oversee the effectiveness of agencies working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Dorset.


Men experiencing domestic abuse

Men's Advice Line (opens in a new window): 0808 801 0327 - Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).

The ManKind Initiative: 01823 334 244 - Confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).


Honour Based Violence (HBV)

Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999247 - National charity supporting men and women who are being pressured to get married against their will, fear bringing shame or dishonour to their family or are concerned about being disowned.


For people committing domestic violence

Respect (opens in a new window): 0808 802 4040 - A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner.


Support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

Galop - LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity (opens in a new window): 0300 999 5428 - If you've experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we're here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

The Intercom Trust (opens in a new window): 0800 612 3010 - Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West.



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


National helplines

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

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 0800 9702070. UK call charges and rates (opens in a new window)


Domestic abuse coordinators

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