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Domestic abuse and sexual violence

What is domestic abuse and sexual violence?

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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.  The abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

What we do


Stroud District Council works in partnership to support the delivery of the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy.

The strategy sets out how by working together, local organisations can better help people to protect themselves from harm and have healthy relationships.

This includes identifying and offering help earlier to victims and families affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence; supporting professionals from all organisations to support victims in coming forward; and working together to make best use of resources.

You can find help and support:

Domestic abuse or sexual violence is a crime and should be reported to the police – there are also other organisations who can offer you help and support.

Call 999 if it is an emergency or you are in immediate danger.

The police take domestic abuse and sexual violence seriously and will be able to help protect you.

If you, or someone you know, are affected by domestic abuse there are a number of organisations that can help you:

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service

01452 726 570

Galop (service for LGBT+ people who have experience violence and abuse.)

0800 999 5428

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

GRASAC (Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)

01452 526770

Domestic Abuse Needs Consultation

As part of the Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment Consultation you can answer the following surveys to help inform the revised Domestic Abuse Strategy from 2025 for Gloucestershire.