Domestic Abuse Support

If you are living with your abuser and the abuse starts to get worse, more dangerous or harmful, do not take any chances. Here are some tips to staying safe.
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, call 999 – Press 55 if you are unable to talk.


(A support video from Safer Cornwall)

Support in your area

You can walk into a local BOOTS pharmacy and ask for ‘ANI’ ( Say, “I’m asking for Annie”) or ask to access their ‘Safe Spaces’ where you will get support with domestic abuse. There will be a trained member of staff.

You can also download and access the Bright Sky app safely. This will give you access to a directory of support agencies and help lines.

A map of Safe Spaces locations can be found here.

Internet Safety

If you are searching for support and are worried about this being tracked by an abuser in the home, please use a private or incognito tab when browsing as this will not save your search history.

Directory of Services to support domestic abuse or sexual abuse

Cornwall Refuge Trust

Providing refuge accommodation for women, men and children who have escaped domestic abuse, offering them a safe and supportive environment in which to recover from their experience.

24 hour domestic abuse helpline: 01872 225629

Devon and Cornwall Sexual Assault Referral Centres

These offer medical, practical and emotional support. They have specially trained NHS doctors, nurses and support workers to care for you. A referral form for yourself or someone known to you is available.

Domestic abuse: staying safe guide

A really useful guide to staying safe whilst experiencing domestic abuse.

First Light

Offering support for domestic abuse and sexual violence in Devon and Cornwall with a support helpline and links to other supportive agencies.


Supporting men who have left or are leaving abusive relationships; providing safe accommodation for men and their children in a male refuge in Cornwall.


Refuge provides services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence, protect them through the criminal justice system and prevents future violence through education and training.

24 hour domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247

Safer Cornwall

Cornwall’s integrated domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, provides support, safety planning and information via their helpline, text service and online.

Telephone helpline: 0300 777 4777 (9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri)

Linked document:

Domestic abuse and sexual violence- what to look for and how to respond

Safer Futures

Help for people affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence and those demonstrating abusive behaviours including a referral form for yourself or someone known to you.

Telephone helpline: 0300 777 4777 (9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri)

The Women’s Centre Cornwall

Providing support for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual or domestic violence.

Rape & sexual abuse/ domestic abuse helpline: 01208 77099

Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service

WDVSN offers free confidential support for women and teenage girls who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, in order to empower them so that they can make appropriate changes in their lives.

24 hour answerphone:  01208 79992

Victim Care Devon and Cornwall

The Victim Care Unit is a team of staff who work with people who have experienced crime to try and get them the support they need. The Victim Care Unit is run by Devon and Cornwall Police.