Domestic Abuse

Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse​.

Domestic abuse is defined as:

“any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Financial, and Emotional”

Domestic Abuse can occur in any domestic relationship and can also include abuse between family members such as honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • Coercive Control – a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial or economic abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

If you are suffering from Domestic Abuse, help is available:


The Survivors Handbook (published by Women’s Aid) offers practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support.

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) offers specialised local support for those experiencing domestic abuse. If you are a man or woman living with, considering leaving, or continuing to have problems with an abusive partner in Gloucestershire, you can call GDASS and self-refer in confidence, by phoning 01452 726570 or emailing

The Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline number can be called for advice and assistance on 0808 2000 247

What happens when you report Domestic Abuse to GCH?

When an incident of domestic abuse is reported to us, we will identify a safe method of communication with you and make contact to agree an action plan. We will use the SafeLives Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment risk assessment (DASH) questionnaire. We strongly rely on specialist domestic abuse support services and will encourage your involvement at the earliest opportunity.