Refuge has launched a new short film starring awarding-winning actor Maxine Peake, to draw attention to the huge numbers of women reaching out to its services during lockdown, and to remind women living with domestic abuse that Refuge’s life-saving specialist support services are here for them.

Surfaces sends a clear message of hope to survivors. Whether they have already fled their perpetrator, or are still living in constant fear, it tells them that there is a life after abuse, and that support is available – and that they are not alone. Refuges are still open and the National Domestic Abuse Helpline is still running twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The film ends with details of how to get in touch with Refuge and access its Helpline.

You can view the film on Refuge’s website here.

Refuge is calling on anyone worried about a loved one, or about isolating with a perpetrator, to call its National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or contact the Helpline via Refuge’s contact form at 

In an emergency, always be ready to call 999.

The film is available to view on Refuge’s website from today at and on its YouTube channel @RefugeCharity



This information and publications on this page are provided by Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership. The partnership works to address community safety issues across the county. Its members include Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Police Authority, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Probation Trust, the Youth Offending Service, NHS Wiltshire and Wiltshire Council.


What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is abuse within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated or random use of intimidation to control someone, usually a partner, ex-partner or other family member.

Abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, and sexual or a combination of any of these.

Domestic abuse can ultimately destroy people’s lives. It is a pattern of behaviour that often happens behind closed doors and remains unreported. It is an issue that can affect anyone – across all social, geographical and cultural groups. It causes harm to both adults and children, both directly and indirectly. Domestic abuse can also produce patterns of behaviour that are often replicated from generation to generation and these inter-generational cycles must be broken.

You can find out more information about domestic abuse by visiting Speak out Wiltshire.


Where can I get help?

Partner organisations across Wiltshire work to provide joined up responses to those affected by domestic abuse; underpinned by a recognition and an understanding that no single agency can address this complex issue in isolation. By working together partners can make the best use of existing collective resources to address the issue of domestic abuse from a whole system perspective.

If you are in immediate danger, phone 999. If you would like general advice, information or support:

  • Go to Wiltshire Council’s domestic abuse webpages, to access information resources, local and national support services for people who are effected by domestic abuse.
  • Phone the National Domestic Violence Helpline (in association with Women’s Aid and Refuge), a free 24hr helpline. Tel: 0808 2000 247.
  • If you are concerned about your own behaviour and you want to change, you can with help. Contact Respect, a national charity who can offer information and advice. Tel: 0808 802 4040.


Wiltshire’s Domestic Abuse Health Needs Assessment was published in June 2017. Commissioned by the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership, the Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment is an epidemiological, corporate and comparative assessment.  It aims to:

  • Understand the prevalence of domestic abuse in Wiltshire
  • Map current domestic abuse service provision and assess demand on current services
  • Identify potential gaps and understand inequalities experienced by those experiencing domestic abuse and consider how these can be addressed

Domestic abuse is a complex area. The needs assessment attempts to bring together multiple sources of data to create a more comprehensive picture of domestic abuse in Wiltshire. For more information, please contact

Click the following link to download Wiltshire’s Domestic Abuse Health Needs Assessment.

Click the following link to download Wiltshire’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy 2017-2020.

Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) in April 2011.

The Home Office guidance identifies that any incident of domestic violence and abuse which results in a death of the victim requires a DHR to be carried out by the Community Safety Partnership.

In Wiltshire the Community Safety Partnership carries out a DHR when someone aged 16 or over dies as a result of violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone they’ve been in an intimate relationship with.

The DHR will look at the circumstances that led to the death. This will help professionals understand what happened and what needs to change to reduce the risk of something like this happening again. They are not inquiries into who is culpable, this is for the court or coroner to decide.

The Home Office requires that local areas publish anonymised reports and findings from the DHRs. Below are Reviews published by Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership which the WSAB has agreed to make available on this website.

  1. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult Y in April 2014 – 001_DHR
  2. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult C in October 2014 – 002_DHR
  3. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Mrs A and Mr B in January 2014 – 003_DHR
  4. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult M in March 2015 – 004_DHR
  5. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Joint Domestic Homicide Review and Mental Health Homicide Investigation Executive Summary for Adult A in August 2015 – 005_DHR
  6. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult B in June 2017 – 006_DHR
  7. Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership published a Domestic Homicide Review Executive Summary for Adult P in October 2017 – 007_DHR


Local Learning Review 

Our WCSP has taken steps towards being more proactive in protecting domestic abuse victims by reviewing cases that fall outside the criteria for a DHR, but where there is potential for learning. You can access further local learning here:

Adult R – WCSP have produced this learning briefing to help professionals better identify and understand coercive control, including recognising when you are at risk of being coerced or controlled by a service user, and what you can do.

Please contact the Board if you require an easy read version of the briefing.


For further information about the Community Safety Partnership or the publications above please contact 0300 003 4566. The Chair of the Partnership is Tracy Daszkiewicz.