01869 232461

572 Brice Rd, Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 5TE, UK



  •  One in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime

  •  An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year

  •  85% of domestic violence victims are women

  •  Historically, females have been often victimized by someone they knew

  •  Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the great risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence

  •  Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of a child refers to sexual behaviour between an adult and child or between two children, one of whom is forcefully dominant or significantly older.

Sexual behaviours can include touching breasts, genitals, and buttocks while the victim is either dressed or undressed.

Sexual abuse behaviour also includes exhibitionism, cunnilingus, fellatio, or penetration of the vagina or anus with sexual organs or objects. Pornographic photography also is a form of sexual abuse of children.

Sexual abuse also can take the form of rape.

The legal definition of rape includes only slight penile penetration in the victim's outer vulva area. Complete erection and ejaculation are not necessary.

Rape is the perpetration of an act of sexual intercourse when:

  • will is overcome by force or fear (from threats, use of weapons, or use of drugs).

  • mental impairment renders the victim incapable of rational judgment.

  • if the victim is below the legal age established for consent.

Domestic Violence often use some or all of these types of abuse

  •  Psychological and emotional (e.g. telling someone they are worthless, saying they are mad, making them do things in an exact way…)

  •  Physical (e.g. hitting, punching, scratching, biting, scalding, pulling hair…)

  •  Sexual ( e.g. forcing someone into sexual activities against their will, using objects violently during sex, forcing someone to have sex with another person when they do not wish to…)

  •  Financial (e.g. preventing them from getting or keeping a job, denying them sufficient housekeeping, having to account for every penny spent…)

  •  Abused people are not weak, submissive victims. It takes huge strength to live with an abusive partner. To survive in that situation you have to be strong and resourceful, adopting all kinds of coping strategies to survive each day.

Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally harms or injures another person


Women’s Support Group

Tuesday’s  10am – 12.30pm / Café – Chapel, Upper Heyford

Weekly meetings offering confidential support, information and strategies for positive change. Open to all women who are experiencing abuse or who have been abused in the past. Participants share feelings, concerns and fears with one another and learn about the issues and available options as well as finding yourself.

To learn more, contact the group facilitator on 01869 232461

Programme for 2019-20

Abuse counselling and support

With the waiting list for NHS counselling growing there is an increased need for people to receive and access these services. Individual, confidential support for women 16 and over who have been abused. Clients can self-refer.

For an appointment call 01869 232369