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Domestic abuse is when someone in a close relationship with you behaves in a way that causes you physical, mental, or emotional damage. Domestic abuse doesn't have to be physical violence – domestic abuse includes any incident of threatening behaviour. The abuse can be psychological, physical, social, financial or emotional.
One in four women, and one in six men, will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, don’t suffer in silence – BCHA can help you.
We provide a number of services throughout Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, helping people to find the courage they need to leave an abusive situation. If you’re experiencing domestic abuse we can provide you with the support you need to regain your confidence and rebuild your life.
If you’re living in a violent or abusive relationship and you need to access advice, information, support or accommodation, call one of our 24-hour helplines:
Bournemouth and Dorset: 01202 547755
Poole: 01202 710777
Alternatively, you can ring the National Domestic Violence Helpline run by Women's Aid - 0808 2000 247.
Remember, in an emergency - dial 999 for the police.
Click on the pages to the left to read about the services we provide to victims of domestic abuse.