Domestic Abuse and Violent Crime
Domestic Abuse – where to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic
We know that COVID-19 will have a serious impact on the lives of women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. Fears over jobs, financial pressures, school closures, working from home and all the other current changes to our day to day lives are likely to result in an increase in domestic abuse incidents.
If you are already living with domestic abuse, then the restrictions put in place while the government tries to slow the spread of the virus have probably left you fearful for being isolated in the house with your abuser and as if there is nowhere to go for help.
You may not be able to see the friends and family who usually support you, and some of the places where you go for help or treatment may be closed or offering a reduced services. Please remember that you can still call 999 if you or someone else is in danger.
While some domestic abuse support services are not able to offer face to face meetings at this time, there is still help and advice available online and over the phone. The local and national organisations below are working hard to ensure they can still support you.
The following link contains the most up to date information, advice and resources for Domestic Abuse support services:
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service – 0330 0165 112
Stop Domestic Abuse (Portsmouth) – 02392 065494
Aurora New Dawn – 02392 479254
Aurora New Dawn 24/7 helpline – 02394 216816
Hampton Trust Perpetrator Service – 02380 009898 (Mon, Weds and Fri 09:00-17:00, Tues and Thurs 09:00-20:00)
Yellow Door (Southampton) – 02380 636313
PIPPA (Southampton) – 02380 917917
You Trust (Isle of Wight) – 0800 2346 266
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 8010 327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
If you are a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship please call Childline on 0800 1111.
About Domestic Abuse:
Domestic Abuse can affect anyone. It can happen between you and your partner or ex-partner. Domestic Abuse can also happen between other family members.
Domestic Abuse is a series or pattern of behaviour which can be in the form of a threat of violence, actual violence or abuse. It can also take the form of:
- constant criticism
- constant questioning
- witholding money or other material things
- destroying belongings
- making threats
If you are a victim of Domestic Abuse?
- In an emergency always call 999
- Arrange where you might go if you have to leave urgently
- Find places where you can quickly and safely use the phone
- Keep keys, money and anything else you may need in a safe place, should you have to leave quickly
- Talk to your children, let them know it is not their fault.
- Talk to relatives, friends, your doctor, nurse or others about how you feel
Should you decide to leave home try to contact a specialist organisation such as one of those listed above, they will be able to give you some advice on things you may not have thought of, especially leaving safely.
In an emergency always dial 999
Clare’s Law website (Clare’s Law gives you the right to ask Police about a partner’s history if you’re concerned they could be violent) – https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/alpha/request-information-under-clares-law/
Stop Domestic Abuse – www.southerndas.org/
National Domestic Violence Helpline – http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/
Victim Support – http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Mens Advice Line & Enquiry (MALE) – http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/mens_advice.php.html
Honour Network Helpline – http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline – http://www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/
For a full list of services available to you in your area, including refuge and outreach support please visit the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Website www3.hants.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing/domesticabuse.htm