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Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is any violent or abusive behaviour used by one person to dominate and control another within a close personal or family relationship.

It can happen to anyone, in all kinds of relationships – heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. People experience domestic violence regardless of their social group, age, class, lifestyle, disability or sexuality. It can begin at any time – in a new relationship or after many years together.

  • Physical abuse: pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.

  • Sexual abuse: forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.

  • Financial abuse: taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.

  • Emotional abuse / coercive control: making someone repeatedly feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games. Coercive control is now a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act 2015.

  • Digital / online abuse: using technology to further isolate, humiliate or control someone.

  • Honour-based violence and forced marriage 

The Swindon & Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership employs a Domestic Violence Co-ordinator to work with agencies, organisations and communities such as Swindon Women’s Refuge, the Police, Health Visitors, NSPCC and Housing to raise awareness of domestic violence and identify ways to support victims and survivors.


LSCB training in Domestic Abuse can be found by accessing the training pages on this site. 

Help & Support

NSPCC - DART Programme

DART is an NSPCC programme for women and children who’ve experienced domestic abuse.
Over a 10-week programme, they explore their issues within a safe and friendly environment, promoting openness and honesty.

This programme is designed for one mum and one child per family. But if they have more than one child, you may invite them to complete the programme with the other children at a later time.

What are the goals of a DART group?
We’ll help women and children:
• understand what domestic abuse is
• learn how to talk about domestic abuse
• express their feelings in acceptable ways
• know they are not to blame
• identify protection strategies
• build their confidence and self-esteem.

For more information contact Jade Johnson at the Swindon NSPPC Offices - Unit 5 Little London Court, Albert St, Swindon SN1 3HY · 01793 683100

Relate have launched a counselling service for young people aged 11-25 who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence or abuse.  The services is face to face and one to one.  The young people must have left the abusive relationship. For more information about the service call Relate on 01242 523215

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

Swindon Women's Aid operates a variety of support services in the Swindon area which aim to support and protect victims, survivors and children who are experiencing or have witnessed domestic abuse. The services support both female and males victims are completely free of charge and totally confidential. They operate 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.  The referral pathway and accompanying letter for Swindon Women's Aid services can be found here.

Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).

Broken Rainbow is a  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) domestic violence service (UK) dedicated to confronting and eliminating domestic violence within and against LGBT communities.

Southall Black Sisters - for Asian and African Caribbean women experiencing domestic violence


Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board

  • Civic Offices
  • Euclid Street
  • Swindon
  • SN1 2JH
  • 01793 463803
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