Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence or abuse

Domestic violence or abuse can be characterised by any of these indicators of abuse:
• psychological
• physical
• sexual
• financial
• emotional.

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 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 portsmouthreferral@stopdomesticabuse.uk or portsmouth.referral@stopdomesticabuse.cjsm.net. 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 hiow.referrals@victimsupport.cjsm.net. 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 MASH on portsmouth.mash.admin@hampshire.pnn.police.uk with Stop Domestic Abuse copied in to the email. Please ensure the victim is aware of any MARAC referral however there is no need for their consent.

 

For advice, help & support out of hours or for specific needs:

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.