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 or concerned family and friends.

What domestic abuse is

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

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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?

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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.

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

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 at

SSAFA: Telephone 03000 111 723 or email

In an emergency please call 999 in the UK (112 in the EU or check locally for other overseas countries).

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 19 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added an Important contacts section to the page.

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

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

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