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If you are in immediate danger, call 999. Do not put yourself or any children at risk.

Domestic abuse helpline for Dorset

Call Paragon on: 0800 032 5204

Local support

Paragon integrated domestic abuse service

Paragon 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)

Website: Paragon


Dorset Police

In an emergency always dial 999.

For all other enquiries, dial 101. 

See Dorset Police's information on domestic abuse.

Victim Support

An independent charity who provide one to one support for all victims of crime, including support for female and male victims of domestic abuse, non-recent sexual abuse.

Victim Support, support children and young people affected by crime. Their specialist children and young people domestic abuse supporter works with children aged 4–17 to help them cope and manage with lived experience of domestic abuse

Support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.

Dorset Service Delivery Team

Phone: 0300 3030 163


National helpline: 0808 1689 111

Live chat is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is anonymous, confidential and free to use. Visit the Victim Support website  to use the live chat.

Poole and Bournemouth outreach

Bournemouth: 01202 547 755

Poole: 01202 710 777

Website: BCHA

National helplines

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Phone: 0808 2000 247

The National Centre for Domestic Violence

Website: The National Centre for Domestic Violence

Phone: 0800 9702070

Women's Aid

Website: Women's Aid

Phone: 0808 2000 247


Website: Samaritans

Phone: 116 123

Abuse of older people

Website: Hourglass

Phone: 080 8808 8141

Citizen's Advice

Website: Citizen's Advice

Phone: 0800 144 8848

Shelter housing advice

Website: Shelter

Phone: 0808 800 4444

Signhealth - The Death Health Charity 

Website: Signhealth 

Sexual assault

The Shores - Dorset SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

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

Website: The Shores

Phone: 01202 552 056


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

Phone: 01202 308 855

Website: Stars Dorset

Survivor Pathway - sexual violence support service

The Dorset survivor pathway is a guide for anyone wanting to know more about specialist sexual violence support services in Dorset.

Website: Survivor Pathway

Children and young people


Website: Childline

Phone: 0800 11 11

The Hideout

The Hideout is a space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

Family Hubs

Your local Family Hub will have expertise to connect you to services if you are experiencing domestic abuse. Family Hubs are for all families living in the Dorset Council area.

Worried about a child

Contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service if you're concerned about a child or young person. 


Website: NSPCC

Phone: 0808 800 5000

Text: 88858

Men experiencing domestic abuse

Men's Advice Line

Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).

Website: Men's Advice Line

Phone: 0808 801 0327

The ManKind Initiative

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).

Website: The ManKind Initiative

Phone: 01823 334 244

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community


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.

Website: Galop - LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity

Phone: 0300 999 5428

Intercom Trust

Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West.

Website: The Intercom Trust

Phone: 0800 612 3010



Call Paragon if you think you are being stalked or harassed.

A Paragon Stalking Advocate will talk with you about stalking and carry out a risk assessment with you.

Website: Paragon

Phone: 0800 032 52 04

National Stalking Helpline

Website: National Stalking Helpline

Phone: 0808 802 0300

Honour Based Violence (HBV)

Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana are a 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.

Phone: 0800 5999247

Website: Karma Nirvana

Legal help and protection

Women's Aid have information about getting a restraining order or injunction and legal services you can use.

Citizens advice have information on the legal protection you can ask for, and taking legal action.

GOV.UK has information on legal aid. You might be able to get legal aid if you have evidence that you or your children have been victims of domestic abuse or violence and you cannot afford to pay legal costs.

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