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Domestic abuse

Our domestic violence services protect men, women and children who are experiencing abuse at home.

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Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. Our domestic violence services protect men, women and children who are experiencing abuse at home.  

We have a range of services to support you, whether you need help leaving an abusive home or rebuilding your life after domestic abuse. 

We provide emergency short-term accommodation for men and women, with or without children, who are escaping abuse. We also offer extensive community-based support as you’re settling into your new home. 

How we can help you

A refuge is a safe house for people escaping domestic abuse. It’s a place where you can be sure you’re safe, and where you can access emotional and practical support from compassionate and experienced staff who understand what you’ve been through. We have refuges for both men and women. 

Our refuge and community support teams can help you with: 

  • accessing health services
  • budgeting and applying for benefits
  • finding nurseries and schools
  • getting legal advice, as well as accompanying you to appointments and court
  • securing a new long-term home
  • training, education and employment 

We also operate the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS), which provides a range of free and confidential support programmes for women and men over 16 years old across the county who are experiencing domestic abuse.

How to access our domestic abuse services

You can be referred to our services by any support agency, such as your GP, social services or the police.  

You can also contact us directly for a place at one of our refuges. 

If you’re not ready to reach out to us or another agency for support just yet, you can get free and confidential advice from the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 200 247 or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.