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.

How to get help with domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic

Download the leaflet here.

  • For anyone who needs refuge provision please contact Housing needs and support via phone (023 92834989) who continue to offer support including support for alternative safe accommodation options if there is no refuge provision available.
  • Stop Domestic Abuse have started to offer a virtual drop in service for victims who cannot access a phone. Victims can contact a support worker via messenger on 09:30 to 11:30am, 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm Monday to Friday. Facebook:
  • Aurora New Dawn are offering a 24 hour telephone support service during the Covid-19 lockdown. Victims can call on 02394 216816
  • Yellow Door continue to accept referrals for victims of sexual violence via telephone/video link support. Contact details (secure) or
  • Support for victims of domestic abuse continues. Referrals can be made in the normal way ( and support to help victims develop safety plans is offered virtually

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

Women’s Aid has published guidance on Safety and Wellbeing advice for victims and of domestic abuse and advice for friends, family, neighbours and community members. This can be found here.

There is more information about Domestic Abuse and COVID-19 on the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership website here.