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.

Please read the advice and guidance for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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
  • concerned family and friends

In an emergency always call 999 in the UK.
Call 112 in the EU or check locally for other overseas countries.

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.

How to recognise domestic abuse.

Who can help?

Concerned family and friends

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.

Read more on how to support someone you know.

Information and guidance

Below is a range of resources providing information and guidance about domestic abuse and how to seek help.

Important contacts

Naval Service Family and People Support (NS FPS):
Telephone: 02392 728777 or freephone 0800 145 6088

Army Welfare Service (AWS):
Contact the Intake and Assessment Team on 01904 882053, or email

Phone Forceline: 0800 260 6767 or general enquiries: 020 7463 9200.
See more SSAFA contacts.

To provide feedback and suggestions on how this website could be further developed please email

Armed forces personnel

Additional information is available from the Home Office below.

Case studies

Practitioners handbook

No defence for abuse

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

Published 23 February 2015
Last updated 30 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated contact details for SSAFA.

  2. Added an Important contacts section to the page.

  3. Added a link to the guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and domestic abuse.

  4. Added link to No defence for abuse: Domestic Abuse strategy 2018 to 2023.

  5. First published.