Domestic and sexual violence and abuse (DSVA) can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, age or sexuality. The impact of living with violence and abuse can be devastating, and its effect are far reaching, impacting on victims, children, families, friends and ultimately on local communities.

Safer Devon is committed to ending DSVA in Devon, and aims to do this through educating and empowering indiviuals, families, communities and organisations across the county.

In Devon, there is plenty of help, support and advice available. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic and sexual violence and abuse or if you need help to change your behaviour, further information can be found here.


If you are in immediate danger call 999 now

For independent confidential advice call:

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Services
0345 155 1074

Rape Crisis Helpline
0808 802 999

SAFE – Stop Abuse For Everyone

030 30 30 0112

NDADA – North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

01271 321 946

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327




The Devon Approach

In Devon, Devon County Council works in partnership with numerous agencies to protect and support people who are affected by DSVA. The principle of this approach can be found below:

We are led by real lives

We listen, believe and act on the voices of people in Devon who have experienced DSVA and put them at the heart of everything we do.

We work to end the perpetration of DSVA

We challenge attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that underpin and perpetuate DSVA and work to prevent DSVA now and in future generations.

We hold abusive behaviour to account

DSVA is unacceptable. We disrupt and hold abusive behaviour to account, with the safety and wellbeing of victims at the centre of our response.

We work in partnership

It is everyone’s responsibility to end DSVA. We work together to make this a reality.

We work with the most marginalised

We recognise that those who are most marginalised by our society are often those who are most at risk of DSVA. We work together to tackle its root causes and harmful consequences.

We make every contact count

We always look for the causes beyond the presenting issues and ensure that ‘no door is the wrong door’ for anyone accessing support.

We develop consistent, trusted relationships

We spend time developing consistent, non-judgmental and trusted relationships and empower professionals to respond in the right way at the right time.

We value people

Everyone has strength and resilience. We support people and communities to find an approach which is right for them.

We give permission

We give permission to identify and challenge behaviours, practices and attitudes that perpetuate DSVA.

We promote healthy relationships

We model and promote healthy, positive and respectful relationships.


Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service

Splitz Support Service, providing support to people who have experienced separation, divorce or domestic abuse.

0345 1551 1074

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse services

Offering confidential, professional support to survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

01392 204174

Devon & Cornwall Police

Emergency telephone: 999
Non-emergency telephone: 101*

Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
Emergency SMS/Text: 999 To register your mobile for the emergency text 999 service please follow this link Emergency SMS
Minicom/textphone number: 18000

Non-emergency SMS/Text: 67101
Minicom/textphone number: 18001

You can view and download campaign materials on domestic and sexual violence and abuse here.