Domestic abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. It can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.
Shajaat Hussain, Operations Manager at A2Dominion, said: “You don’t have to wait for an emergency to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.
“Last year our Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service delivered support to more than 1,500 people. Our experienced and friendly team is on-hand to offer confidential advice, guidance and practical support to help you gain the confidence you need to make changes to your life.”
How can we help?
Our Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service is commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council. If you live in Oxfordshire and someone you know is currently experiencing or has experienced abuse, get in touch with us. It may be a terrifying thought but know that we’ll do everything we can to keep you and your family safe. All you need to do is make that first step.
We can support you to:
- Find a safe place to stay if you flee
- Practical and emotional advice, face-to-face or via our helpline
- Support for children and young people.
We’re here to help no matter the type of abuse you’re experiencing. You can call our helpline number on 0800 731 0055 and find more information about our domestic abuse services in Oxfordshire on our website.
Please note that our direct helpline can only support customers living in Oxfordshire. If you don’t live in Oxford, you can still access help and support through the National Domestic Violence helpline by calling 0800 200 0247.
What is domestic abuse?
There are different kinds of abuse, but it's always about having power and control over you.
It can take different forms, including:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Coercive control and gaslighting or emotional abuse
- Digital / online abuse
- ‘Honour-based’ violence
- Forced marriage
- Female genital mutilation (FGM).
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, you should contact the Police in the first instance on 999.
Whether you want to leave an abusive environment or get more information at this stage, help is only a phone call away. You have the power to break the cycle of abuse.
Visit our website for more information about our Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service.