Domestic Abuse Priority

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’.

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.

Why this is a priority

Domestic abuse accounts for 29% of assaults in Portsmouth with younger people and children most at risk. Domestic Abuse can be devastating – physically, emotionally and financially.

What we know

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.

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.

What will we prioritise in the next two years:

We are raising awareness about possessive and controlling behaviour being domestic abuse, through our ‘Is This Love?’ campaign.

  • Develop the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference process to
    ensure that those most at risk are receiving the right response
  • Increase the use of processes and resources to hold perpetrators to
  • Improve links between police and schools when children experience
    or witness domestic violence and abuse
  • Commissioners of all public services to ensure all contracts set out
    clearly the expectations of providers in relation to the identification
    and response to domestic violence and abuse

Do you need support?

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 Stop Domestic Abuse, formerly 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.