Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.  More

The Stefanou Foundation Parent Relationship Spectrum guide is designed for professionals when trying to work out if a relationship is healthy, has conflict or is abusive.


Services That Can Help

ART Brokerage can provide up to date information on which agencies are currently delivering the services below and can often arrange places on your behalf.  Tips for talking to Parent/Carers

01202 458012

Adult Victim Pattern Changing

Pattern Changing is designed to help the attendees understand how domestic abuse affects their lives and the impact it has on their children. It highlights the patterns of negative behaviour and the power of control.

Child & Young People Therapeutic Support

Therapy sessions can offer a safe place for children to share their worries. The sessions are tailored to the needs and interests of the child and can include art, drama, play and outside activities. 

​​Domestic Abuse Refuge

These services are available for Bournemouth parent and carers with up to five children offering temporary safe accommodation. Other support for the parent victim and their children is often available in the refuge settings. 

Community Support

Drop-in and help-line service provides advice, advocacy and support for anyone experiencing Domestic Abuse in Bournemouth. Self or professional referral on: 01202 547755

The Maple Project

Pan-Dorset approach to support high risk victims hosted by Dorset Police.  Domestic Abuse Advisors provide short-term crisis intervention with primary focus on risk-reduction. Referral is via completion of a Safelives Risk Assessment Form with a score of 14 or above or by professional judgement. 

For enquiries or advice on how to complete this form (for professionals only) please contact - Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinator or: the Maple Project on 01202 223202


The Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is held in weekly (two telecon phone conferences and one face to face on a rolling basis.)  The purpose of the MARAC is to establish a coordinated multi agency approach to the risk-reduction and safety of high risk victims.

The Domestic Abuse Specialist Practitioner

Supports clients within BCP who are affected by domestic abuse and have additional needs such as drug and alcohol use, mental health and learning difficulties.

DVDS (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.)

More commonly known as Clare's Law.  This scheme enables professionals, potential victims and concerned others to request the sharing of information pertaining to potential perpetrators.

Domestic Violence Recovery Toolkit for Adults and Children

Please see Family Programme Brochure for details of programme and booking proceedure.


Early Help Training Opportunities:

The BCP Domestic & Sexual Violence coordinator is available to deliver bespoke sessions to your teams at little or no cost.  Contact: - Domestic and Sexual Abuse Coordinator

Domestic Abuse Awareness - A one day course that will explore the issue of Domestic Abuse. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of the issue and explore methods of responding to it.

Working with Children and Parents after Domestic Abuse - This is a  two day skills training course for any practitioners  working with parents and children who have been impacted by Domestic Abuse.  

Adolescent to Parent Violence - A half day multi agency course that will look at the issue of Adolescent to Parent Violence in Bournemouth.

Sexual Violence​ - A one day Sexual Violence Training package based on the holistic support model suitable for all front-line workers.

Reducing Parental Conflict - comprise four Modules and has been designed to upskill practitioners in supporting parents to reduce conflict within their relationship.  Also available as an on-line option. 


​To check dates and book places

Follow this link to see all available courses with the Early Help Workforce Development Programme.


Other Useful Contacts and Resources

CEDAR Prime - Helping children and young people reduce the harmful effect of domestic abuse and difficult family experiences

Domestic Abuse Advice - Instant safety advice for victims via Dorset Police

Domestic violence Recovery Toolkit - Children and Adult programmes 

FREE Tool and Resources​ for working with children, young people and their parents.​

Men's Advice Line (Respect) - for Male victims of Domestic Abuse

Not Just Collateral Damage - Barnardo's Report on the hidden impact of domestic abuse on children

Responding to and Recognising Domestic Abuse   

​​September 2017 Report: ​​Multi Agency Response to Children Living with Domestic Abuse​

Womens Aid - Safety and Support Resources