Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureau provide free, confidential and independent information about almost anything. The most common problems they deal with generally relate to benefits, employment, debt, housing, consumer affairs and family relationships
Domestic violence is a serious, widespread problem; it is often hidden in the family. Domestic violence is extremely under-reported. Victims of domestic violence should be encouraged to report the incident to the local police. Some will never make a complaint to the police at all.
I want to leave my home due to violence
You may feel you need to leave your home due to violence. It may be possible for you to stay in your home. There are different steps you can take depending upon your own wishes and situation. In the first instance you should speak to a Housing Needs Officer, Solicitor or a professional with experience of domestic violence.
Where can I go?
If you decide that you want to leave your home the options listed below are available to you:
- Stay with family or friends
- Go to a refuge with your children. Staff are fully trained to help you with housing, financial issues and can provide you with counselling.
- Contact the Police in an emergency
If you are leaving home because of violence there are four refuges in Dorset providing emergency or temporary accommodation for you and your children:
Bournemouth Women's Refuge - 01202 547755
North Dorset Women's Refuge - 01747 858555
West Dorset Women's Refuge - 01305 262444
Weymouth Women's Refuge - 01305 772295
Poole Women's Refuge - 01202 748488
Support for women, men and children:
The National Women’s Aid 24 hour helpline – 0808 2000 247 provides support, information and a listening ear to women experiencing domestic violence. They can also help you find emergency accommodation.
For male victims of domestic violence, contact Men’s Aid on 01334 474348.