We know that across the UK, one in four women will experience domestic violence and abuse in their lifetimes. Although there aren’t such clear figures for people in same sex relationships, we know that domestic violence and abuse happens there too.
Maybe you’ve experienced domestic violence and abuse yourself, either now or in the past. Maybe you know someone who has. Maybe you’re worried about your own behaviour, or maybe you just feel upset by reading this and want someone to talk to.
Help is out there.
Broken Rainbow: National, confidential helpline for LGBT people experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Open Monday 2.00-8.00pm; Wednesday 10.00am-1.00pm; Thursday 2.00-8.00pm. Call 0300 999 5428 or go to http://www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
Bristol Domestic Abuse Helpline: 24-hour, free, confidential phone line for any victims of domestic violence and abuse. Call 0800 6949 999
Men’s Advice Line: National, confidential, free helpline for any male victims of DVA. Open Mon – Fri 10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Call 0808 801 0327 or go to http://www.mensadviceline.co.uk
National Helpline: Women’s Aid and Refuge national, confidential, free helpline for any female victims of DVA. Open 24 hours. Call 0808 200 247
Respect Phoneline: National, confidential helpline for anyone worried about their own behaviour. Open Mon – Fri 10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Call 0845 122 8609 (charged at local rate) or go to http://www.respect.uk.net/pages/get-help.html
Victim Support: City-wide Bristol-based service working with male and female victims to provide emotional support. Call 0845 456 6099 or go to http://www.victimsupportavonvale.org.uk/Help%20for%20victims
Wish: Hartcliffe/Knowle/Withywood based service working with male and female victims, including high risk victims, to provide emotional and practical support. Call 0117 903 8632 or go to http://www.wishforabrighterfuture.org.uk
Next Link: City-wide Bristol-based service working with female victims, including high risk victims, to prove emotional and practical support, including offering a safe house service. Call 0117 925 0680 or go to http://www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk.
BDAF website: The website of Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum, which contains loads of information about services in Bristol, what DVA is, training, campaigns and resources. Go to http://www.bdaf.org.uk.