Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

It’s a sad fact that in Britain over a million women and more than 700,000 men were victims of domestic abuse last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (2013/2014 figures). In many of these households, the children will have witnessed what was taking place.

It’s equally shocking that 2,700 people were trafficked for prostitution, forced labour or slavery in the UK according to the National Crime Agency (2014). 602 of these victims were children. Unfortunately these numbers are thought to be just the tip of the iceberg.

The Freedom Programme 

If you are interested in gaining knowledge around the subject of Domestic Abuse as well as the skills to help protect you and your family The Freedon Programme will educate you fully on this issue.

The course is a free 12 week Programme in the Poole Area that provides a supportive, safe and friendly environment involving active participation in structured discussions on the subject of domestic abuse. The programme  focuses on the types of tactics that a perpetrator uses called 'the dominator' comparing this with 'the friend' characteristics.

Women can attend who have left their relationship or who are still in a relationship (Safety Planning is done throughout). The group process aims to develop our awareness, problem solving, assertiveness training, understanding and developing self.

Key subjects covered on the course:

  • Tactics and beliefs of The Abuser
  • Where these beliefs come from
  • Beliefs that Women Share
  • How are women affected?
  • Effects on the Children
  • What a Healthy Relationship looks like
  • Statistics
  • Warning Signs

 Benefits of The Freedom programme

We want to encourage as many women, who have been victims of domestic violence, as possible to take part in the course and therefore:

  • Where possible we provide crèche facilities
  • One to one support is provided during and after the course
  • When required we signpost women or make referrals to other services
  • Courses are free and run at various confidential venues across Poole



Accommodation and support

All victims trapped in these abusive situations will experience fear for their own safety and that of their children. This fear lasts even after they have taken the brave step to seek help, or escape from their abusers. 

At BCHA we work hard to help victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking escape and recover from the traumatic situations they have experienced, and to help them stay safe. 

When working with victims of abuse, we recognise the importance of not only offering a place of safety, but also the vital support people need to overcome the emotional trauma and begin the slow process of rebuilding confidence and self-esteem. We also offer assistance with practical issues such as benefits and dealing with other agencies. 

BCHA runs a number of services for people who need support to stay safe. These services include:

  • Support for victims of trafficking
  • Support in the community for victims of domestic abuse
  • Safe houses and refuges

Take a look at the pages within this section to see exactly how we support victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking, and how you can access this support.  


If you are not safe now, ring 999 and ask for the police.


National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hour)

Rape Crisis: 01202 308855

Non-Emergency Police and Specialist Domestic Abuse Officers: 101

National Victim Support: 0845 30 30 900

Local Contacts:


Poole Domestic Abuse Project: 01202 710777

24 hour helpline: 01202 710777