Domestic Abuse - Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

What is domestic abuse?

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. Experienced by those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality,

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, known as BCHA, was founded in 1968 by a number of local churches, to try to make a practical contribution to local housing problems.

Their outreach service supports victims of domestic abuse in their own homes, and in the community. Support can be provided by telephone, or where it is safe to do so with one-to-one visits in the home.

More information can be found on the website.


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