Domestic Abuse Priority

Reducing incidents of domestic abuse is a priority for the Safer Portsmouth Partnership.

Domestic Abuse can be devastating – physically, emotionally and financially.

Domestic abuse accounts for 29% of violent crime in Portsmouth with younger people and children most at risk. We are working extremely hard to reduce domestic abuse in Portsmouth. Domestic violence and abuse is a pattern of behaviour designed to achieve power and control over a partner or ex-partner, which is achieved through the use of physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse or through movement restriction and/or social isolation.

It is usually a combination of all of these – and can happen to anyone.

Our aim is to make Portsmouth a place where we reduce the harm caused by domestic violence and domestic abuse by providing better support and enforcement services that will encourage more people to recognise when their relationship is unhealthy and make changes, or come forward earlier to report this and other hidden crime.

We are raising awareness about possessive and controlling behaviour being domestic abuse, through our ‘Is This Love?’ campaign. We have services to support those who are in abusive relationships, survivors of domestic abuse and also services to work with perpetrators to stop the cycle of domestic violence and abuse.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone

Domestic abuse can be experienced by both women and men, and also occurs in same-sex relationships, although it is most commonly perpetrated by men towards women.  Domestic violence frequently co-exists with child abuse.

There is no legal definition of domestic violence and abuse.  However the Home Office definition is ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to

  • psychological abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • emotional abuse
Controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.


In an emergency situation always call 999.

If you are safe, but need to report a crime such as criminal damage, physical violence or sexual violence the call the Police on 101.

Call SDAS, our domestic abuse team, for advice and support on 023 9206 5494 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm weekends and bank holidays.