Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the armed forces community

Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.

What domestic abuse is

Video: Domestic abuse in the armed forces: where to find help

A concerned family or friend

It can be difficult to know what to do if you suspect a friend or neighbour is a victim of domestic abuse. Advice on how to help and support a friend is available on the Women’s aid and ManKind Initiative websites.

In an emergency always call 999. It is important to report any incident of domestic abuse where a child is present, or where the woman is pregnant, to the local authority Children’s Social Care Services at county level to ensure the children’s safety.

Who can help

Who can help?

Information and guidance

Below is a range of resources which provide information and guidance about domestic abuse and how to seek help. There is also a series of 10 videos.

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Armed forces personnel

Additional information is available from the Home Office below.

Case studies

Practitioners handbook

Home Office information

The is also information on how to report domestic abuse and getting support as a victim of crime.

  1. Strengthening the law on domestic abuse

No defence for abuse

The Ministry of Defence has published its strategy for 2018 to 2023.

Published 23 February 2015
Last updated 6 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to No defence for abuse: Domestic Abuse strategy 2018 to 2023.
  2. First published.