Helping to end sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse in our communities.


Sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone of any gender, sexuality, ethnicity or age. The impacts of living with violence and abuse can be devastating and its effects are far reaching, impacting on individuals, families and communities.

Sexual violence relates to any unwanted sexual act or activity. It can include, but is not restricted to, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape within a relationship, forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation. Sexual violence can be perpetrated by anyone – this could be a stranger or someone known to and trusted by the person.

Domestic violence and abuse occurs when someone in an intimate personal or family relationship uses violence or abuse to control and have power over the other person. It relates to any event, or pattern or events, where someone has behaved in a threatening, violent or abusive way. The abuse could be physical, sexual, emotional, financial or psychological.

Do you or someone you know need help? If you recognise any of the signs below in your relationship or in someone else’s help is available:

  • Forcing, manipulating or coercing someone into doing things
  • Putting someone down and making them feel bad
  • Making someone feel guilty if they don’t spend time with them
  • Looking through someone’s phone, social media or web history
  • Stealing from someone or making them buy things
  • Hitting, slapping or pushing
  • Making someone have sex when they don’t want to
  • Feeling scared of a partner, or feeling stressed, worried and pressurised.

Find more information about the signs of sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse.


16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence
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Love Respect Women’s Aid campaign
about healthy and unhealthy relationships
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Disrespect NoBody
Government campaign about healthy relationships and consent
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What we are doing to address sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse in Devon

We are committed to ending sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse in Devon, and work with partners to provide effective preventative, early help, support and recovery services to people affected by these issues.


Are you are someone you know experiencing sexual violence or domestic violence and abuse? Click here to get help.

Advice for young people. Click here to get help.

Advice if you are being abusive or violent. Click here to get help.

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service

Support for people affected by domestic violence and abuse.

0345 1551 1074

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse service

Support for survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

01392 204174

Victim Care Network

Directory of local support for victims of violence, harassment and crime.

National Helplines

Domestic Violence and Abuse
Domestic Violence Helpline: 0800 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line: 0800 801 0327

Sexual Violence and Abuse
Rape Crisis: 0800 802 9999
Male Survivor Helpline: 0808 800 5005
Young People’s Helpline: 0808 800 5007

Stop Abuse for Everyone

Local support for people in Devon who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Helpline: 03030 300 112


North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

Support for people in North Devon who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Helpline: 01271 321 946