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

SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

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.

CAMPAIGNS AND RESOURCES

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19 campaign

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Love Respect Women’s Aid campaign
about healthy and unhealthy relationships

Disrespect NoBody
Government campaign about healthy relationships and consent

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.

The Devon Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy provides an overview of actions being taken by our partners to end sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse in Devon.

Visit our campaign page for campaigns and resources aimed at preventing and keeping people safe from sexual violence and domestic violence and abuse.

HELP AND SUPPORT

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service

Local support for people affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Helpline: 0345 155 1074

Access the Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service website

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Service

Local support for survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

Helpline: 01392 204174

Email: support@devonrapecrisis.org.uk

Access the Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Service website

Stop Abuse for Everyone

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

Helpline: 03030 300 112

Email: hello@safe-services.org.uk

Access the Stop Abuse for Everyone website

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

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

Helpline: 01271 321 946

Access the North Devon Against Domestic Abuse website

Domestic Violence and Abuse: National Helplines and Support

Domestic Violence Helpline: 0800 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line: 0800 801 0327 or access the Men’s Advice Line website

Refuge: access the Refuge website

Women’s Aid: access the Women’s Aid website

Galop Helpline (LGBT+): 0800 999 5428 or access the Galop Helpline website

NHS: access the NHS website

Respect Phoneline (for people who are harming others through domestic abuse who would like help to change their behaviour): 0800 8024040 or access the Respect Phoneline website

Sexual Violence and Abuse: National Helplines and Support

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