Domestic abuse and sexual assault

Domestic abuse

Many people who have experienced domestic abuse say they didn’t recognise they were in an abusive relationship until they were out of it.

Domestic abuse can involve physical violence, where an abuser harms someone leaving visible marks and scars. But it can also be psychological – something that is referred to as coercive and controlling behaviour.

Living in a home where domestic abuse happens can have a serious impact on a child or young person's mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their behaviour.

YVS supports children who are no longer living with the perpetrator of the abuse and would benefit from support to recover from their experiences. Our service can work alongside you to support your child to move forward from domestic abuse.

If you are living with domestic abuse and you need support to leave or to be safe you can call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline.

National Domestic Abuse Hotline

To search for a domestic abuse support service in your area, visit the This is Not an Excuse website for more information.

Rape and sexual assault

Safe Link

Safe Link provide independent support for anyone (women, men, and children) who have been the victim of rape and sexual abuse across the whole of Avon and Somerset area.

You do not have to report to the police to access their services.