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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Help for those who have experienced domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Dorset (You First):

0800 032 5204

This information is also available in easy read format. 

Staying safe during COVID-19

Please visit the SafeLives website for information on staying safe from domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19. 

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)



Poole and Bournemouth outreach

Bournemouth: 01202 547641

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)

Courses for survivors

There are courses available for people who have experienced domestic abuse and live in Dorset. The courses are run by experts working in domestic abuse services.

Find out more about the awareness courses

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

Live chat - this is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is anonymous, confidential and free to use. To access it please visit the Victim Support website or visit the Victim Care website.

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.

Call: 01202 552 056


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

Call: 01202 308 855

You First (Sexual Violence Advocate)

Here to talk to you if you are experiencing sexual violence or abuse.

Call: 0800 032 5204

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.

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 : 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.

WAVES (The Children's Society): 01305 768768

Worried about a child

NSPCC: Call: 0808 800 5000 Text 88858

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

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


You First: 0800 032 52 04 - a You First Stalking Advocate will talk with you about stalking and carry out a risk assessment with you. Please phone if you think you are being stalked or harassed.

National Stalking Helpline: 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 Abuse080 8808 8141

Citizen's Advice

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 Violencecan also provide legal help and support and can be contacted on 0800 9702070. UK call charges and rates

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