Domestic abuse

You can get free and confidential help from a number of organisations in Oxfordshire.

Getting help

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service (ODAS) Helpline - 0800 731 0055

Open Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.

The freephone number will not show on your telephone bill but may appear on an itemised mobile phone bill.

Reducing the risk

One in 10 lives is being affected by domestic abuse. If that includes you or someone you know, get help and support by visiting for a list of organisations and contact that may be able to help.

Children and young people

It is emotionally damaging for children to live in a home where there is domestic abuse. People experiencing domestic abuse often worry about what will happen to their children if they tell someone. Organisations will support you to ensure that they are protected from the effects. There is help for you and your children to be safe and reduce the risk.

Perpetrator programme

The Positive Relationships Programme (PRP) is a 12-session group work programme designed to support people who have evidenced aggression within their intimate partner relationships. Find out more about it by visiting

Definition - domestic violence and abuse

The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional.

Controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and dependent. Controlling behaviour can:

  • isolate a person from sources of support
  • exploit their resources and capacities for personal gain
  • deprive them of the means needed for independence, resistance, and escape
  • regulate their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is abuse used to harm, punish, or frighten a victim.
The behaviour may be an act or a pattern of acts of:

  • assault
  • threats
  • humiliation
  • intimidation.

There are other issues such as honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.