Domestic Violence


Domestic violence: Recognising the signs of an abusive relationship and getting help

Citizen’s Advice describes domestic violence and abuse as follows:

“Domestic violence is controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged over 16. It doesn’t matter what your gender or sexuality is.

It includes the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional abuse.

Anyone can experience domestic violence – it doesn’t matter whether you’re a male or female.”

If this sounds familiar, then don’t despair as there is lots of support available for those experiencing domestic violence – and it’s only a phone call away.

If you are a woman, the best place to start is to call the National Domestic Violence Helpline. This is a helpline run by a partnership of Refuge and Woman’s Aid. It is a 24-hour line and the number is 0808 200 0247.

If you are a man, the best place to start is to call the Men’s Advice Line. This is a helpline designed specifically to support male victims of domestic violence. It is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and the number is 0808 801 0327.

If you are looking for local support in Oxfordshire, then head over to the Reduce the Risk Oxfordshire page where all the local services are listed.

For a fuller list of national support services, take a look at the Citizen’s Advice website –

For more information on mediating when there has been domestic violence, click here.

This information has been compiled by Abingdon Family Mediation. To talk to a mediator, you can call Polly confidentially on 07706 513496 or email her at