Domestic abuse (DA) is sometimes referred to as domestic violence (DV) or intimate partner violence (IPV).
If you have any questions or queries about the information on this page, or you would like to give feedback or share you experiences in confidence, please contact Health and Additional Needs Specialist Karen Ross at email@example.com.
The Government definition of DA is... Read more
“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. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.”*
*This definition includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Historically, the Armed Forces have taken a ‘zero tolerance’ stance on any form of DA; however, this has now been reconsidered because it was thought this may prevent victims reporting it. Read more
Many victims are initially concerned that reporting domestic abuse may impact on the serving perpetrator’s career and this can often be used by the perpetrator to prevent the victim reporting DA to the chain of command.
It is rare for a serving perpetrator to be discharged due to committing DA unless a criminal offence has been committed. The Army is aware of the need to balance disciplining the soldier with supporting the family and achieving positive outcomes. However MOD does not tolerate any form of domestic abuse and if you are a victim of it, or know someone who is, it is very important that you report it either to the chain of command or to a civilian organisation.
For more information on MOD policy around DA please read JSP 913 and the Army Briefing Note, Serial No: 103 - 14. Source: PS4(A), DPS(A) Date: 01 Aug 14
A new webpage has just been launched on the GOV.UK website Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the Armed Forces community, which offers information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the Armed Forces community.
This site is for male or female victims, perpetrators who are looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.
If you are in immediate danger or your life is being threatened you are strongly advised to call 999.
Otherwise, there are a number of civilian organisations that you can contact including... Read more
- galop - for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people - call 0300 999 5428 / 0800 999 5428
- Childline – call 0800 1111
- Early Intervention Foundation – Preventing Domestic Abuse in Schools
- The Freedom Programme
- Mankind Initiative – call 01823 334244
- Men’s Advice Line – call 0808 801 0327
- NHS Choices
- National Centre for Domestic Violence (For help with obtaining emergency injunctions) – call 0844 8044 999
- English National Domestic Violence - Helpline 0808 2000 247
- Wales Domestic Abuse - Helpline 0808 8010 800
- NSPCC - call 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Women’s Aid Federation (Northern Ireland) - call 0800 917 1414
- Scottish Women’s Aid - Call 0800 027 1234
- Respect - Perpetrator programmes and support - call 0808 802 4040
If you need to contact someone within the chain of command, you’re advised to speak to someone in the Army Welfare Service (AWS). To contact the AWS Intake and Assessment Teams (IAT), call 01904 882053 or 882054 (Mil: 99477 3053 or 3054) or email AWS-HQ-IAT@mod.uk
- If there is an emergency, always call the Royal Military Police BFG CRIMELINE - 0800 184 2222
- Army Welfare Service (AWS) BFG - Gutersloh AWS and Paderborn AWS are now part of AWS Westfalen Garrison. The contact telephone number for referrals is Mil: 79 4340 Civ: 05254 982 4340. For further help and advice contact: The Army Welfare Information Service on Civ: 01722 436569 Mil: 94331 2569 or email: email@example.com
- The British Forces Social Work Services Central Referral Team can help you and the person who is being hurt to stay safe. Call on 05241 84 3039 or 3040 to find out what services there are to help you.
- Victim Support in Western Europe is now operated by Core Assets and they can be contacted on 0049 (0) 5421 843039 or 0049 (0) 5421 843040 and they are available 24 hours or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information about Domestic Abuse please visit BFGnet.
- Victim Support in Cyprus operates through SSAFA and is aligned to Victim Support UK. The Scheme operates outside the military chain of command. You can visit their offices in Dhekelia: Amenities Centre, Room 64 (near the BFBS offices) or Episkopi: E Block, SSAFA HQ. Or call Civ: +357 25 962175 Mil: Ext 2175 or email: email@example.com or BFC-VICTIMSUPPORT@mod.uk
- In some areas of Cyprus as well as individual support, you can access the Freedom programme which is a 6-week course open to any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse - whether you have left an abusive relationship, have no plans to leave or simply want to increase your knowledge. For further information please contact: Helen Burns (telephone 2527 5838) email Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org or Gemma Walker (telephone 2596 3609) email: email@example.com or Visit SSAFA Cyprus website.
Stepping Stones Homes exist for wives and children with a military connection, who may find themselves in need of temporary accommodation, whether it be homelessness, marital breakdown, moving house or compassionate reasons.
Both homes offer a safe and secure homely environment and staff are trained to support families in welfare, finance, immigration and emotional issues.
Referrals and enquiries can be through Unit Welfare teams, Army Welfare service, Social Workers, SSAFA Welfare Department, SSAFA caseworkers or direct to the service via www.ssafa.org.uk