Domestic violence or abuse
Domestic violence or abuse can be characterised by any of these indicators of abuse:
Domestic violence and abuse is a pattern of behaviour designed to achieve power and control over a partner or ex-partner. This is achieved through the use of physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse or through movement restriction and/or social isolation eg stopping you from seeing your family and or friends. It also includes so called ‘honour’ -based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
Coercive or controlling behaviour is a core part of domestic violence.
Coercive behaviour can include:
• acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation
• harming, punishing, or frightening the person
• isolating the person from sources of support
• exploitation of resources or money
• preventing the person from escaping abuse
• regulating everyday behaviour.
Possible indicators of domestic violence or abuse
• Low self-esteem
• Feeling that the abuse is their fault when it is not
• Physical evidence of violence such as bruising, cuts, broken bones
• Verbal abuse and humiliation in front of others
• Fear of outside intervention
• Damage to home or property
• Isolation – not seeing friends and family
• Limited access to money
Please follow this link to The Safer Portsmouth Partnership’s information regarding Domestic Abuse.
Domestic Abuse Referral Pathway
This pathway helps professionals make referrals to services for domestic abuse:
Domestic Abuse support services in Portsmouth
Stop Domestic Abuse will:
- support all victims aged 16+ assessed as high and medium risk,
- deliver Up2U: Creating Healthy Relationships for anyone aged 16+ who admit to using abusive or unhealthy behaviours in their relationship and want to change
- provide refuge support
- support any young person aged 13 to 15 who are victims of intimate partner abuse. Any safeguarding referrals MUST continue to be sent to the MASH
- support children who have witnessed domestic abuse and
- provide group provision for victims
To refer please use the single point of contact by phoning 023 9206 5494 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found on their website https://stopdomesticabuse.uk/
Victim Care Service supports victims assessed at standard risk and can be contacted on 0808 1781641 or email on email@example.com. Further information can be found on their website https://www.hampshireiowvictimcare.co.uk/about-us/
MARAC referrals for high risk victims should be emailed to the Police MARAC team on MARACsafeguarding@hampshire.police.uk. Please ensure the victim is aware of any MARAC referral however there is no need for their consent.
See also the One Minute Guide to MARAC.
Services for Perpetrators: The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Perpetrator Support Services dashboard has a wide list of support options for perpetrators of domestic abuse.
For advice, help & support out of hours or for specific needs:
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline Freephone 24hr 0808 2000 247. Online support: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Contact-us
- Rape Crisis National Helpline 0808 802 9999 12.00 -14.30 and 19.00 – 21.30 every day. Online support: www.rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/want-to-talk
- LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
- Men’s Advice Line for male victims of domestic abuse: 0808 801 0327 or www.mensadviceline.org.uk
- The Mix, free remote counselling and help for under 25’s: 0808 808 4994
- Rights of Women legal advice lines: www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-advice/advice-lines
- For domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them Respect Phone line provides a confidential helpline, email and webchat service: 0808 8024040 or www.respectphoneline.org.uk
- Childline – call 0800 1111 or access online: https://www.childline.org.uk
Women’s Aid has published guidance on Safety and Wellbeing advice for victims of domestic abuse and advice for friends, family, neighbours and community members. This can be found here.