Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men and can impact anyone, regardless of background. It impacts significantly on the victim, the perpetrator and any associated children. Victims are not responsible for another person’s abusive or controlling behaviour. Any victim of domestic abuse has the right to be supported and to stay safe.


If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse and need help or support you can find support through Royal Navy and Royal Marines Welfare, via the Police, or from specialist organisations, whose details are provided below, who exist to support anyone experiencing domestic abuse. If you need help in an emergency, if you fear for your safety or that of someone else you should always call 999 or the relevant emergency number if overseas.


RNRMW offers free and confidential advice and support on all aspects of domestic abuse. Please give them a call to speak to one of their highly trained staff.


This Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. For advice in Northern Ireland: 0800 917 1414, Scotland: 0800 027 1234 or Wales: 0808 80 10 800.


Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They empower survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of their work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs.


SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving, or has ever served, and their families including those experiencing domestic abuse. Their Stepping Stone Homes are a safe place to stay for women and their children experiencing domestic abuse.


Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner or from other family members.


This confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).


  • Galop – 0800 999 5428

Galop offers emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse.


The Respect Phone line is for anyone who is concerned about their own behaviour towards their partner (male, female, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships).


  • The Royal Navy Chaplaincy Service works within Royal Navy and Royal Marine units throughout the world. It is completely confidential and available to service personnel and their families. Chaplains are able to provide guidance and pastoral support regardless of your religious beliefs. You can find a Chaplain by contacting your nearest unit.



  • Citizens Advice Rushmoor runs a national e-mail support service for victims of domestic abuse from within the Foreign and Commonwealth community of the Armed Forces. The e-mail service can also be accessed by practitioners working with these families. Advice will be given specific to the needs of the individual to enable them to make informed decisions. The e-mail address is:


  • Aurora New Dawn provides an Armed Forces Advocate service to victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and/or stalking (aged 16+), as follows:
    • Where the victim is a serving member of the armed forces;
    • Where the victim is from an armed forces family (parents or partner are serving members of the armed forces);
    • Where the abuse is perpetrated by individuals who are either serving members of the armed forces or veterans.

    This can be accessed from anywhere in the UK or overseas by calling +4423 9247 9254 or emailing


You can read the Defence Domestic Abuse Strategy 2018-2023 here.


Posted on: 28th April, 2016
Updated on: 22nd May, 2019