Violence and Domestic Abuse in Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for the SPP because it is the most common cause of  violent assaults in Portsmouth (32%). It causes emotional and physical harm to the survivors and children and wider consequences such as loss of opportunity, isolation from friends, poor physical and mental health. In the UK, two women a week are killed by their partner or former partner. In 2013/14, at least 30% of offenders in Portsmouth were at risk of perpetrating violence towards their partner. Helping people to recognise abusive relationships and access help and support is key to preventing and reducing the harm caused by domestic abuse in the city.

Children and Young people

In an emergency situation always call 999.

Click here to see the Hideout a website for young people and please click here to see the Hideout a special website for children

If you’re 13 or over and are experiencing abuse from a partner, we have a service for you…

Call Vickie on 023 9268 8472 or for more information click here and take our Is This Love quiz.

16+ and experiencing abuse in your relationship?

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 0845 045 45 45 or 101.

If you are safe, but need to talk with someone about your situation then speak to a trusted friend or family member.

If you can’t talk to a friend or family member then speak to a trusted adult or professional such as a teacherlecturerschool/college/university nurse, your GP, your practice nurse or a youth worker. They are all trained to support you. 

You can also get help or more information about abuse in relationships from any of the organisations listed below. All calls are treated confidentially.

Friend or relative in an abusive relationship?

If you think a friend, family member or colleague is in an abusive relationship, try telling them that you’re concerned, say why you’re worried and ask if they want to talk to you about it. Let them know you want to help. You don’t have to know all the answers, and the important thing is to break the isolation.

Always prioritise safety – yours and theirs. The abuser won’t appreciate you getting involved so be careful about what you do and where and when you do it – be careful not to intervene personally and ring the police if there is immediate danger.

Support them in whatever decision he or she is currently making about their relationship, while being clear that the abuse is wrong. Remember, what you are trying to do is be supportive, not to make them feel judged. It’s not always easy to just leave a relationship.

Stay in contact over time and help your friend, family member or colleague to explore what choices are on offer. Try to focus on their safety rather than the abuser or the relationship. Let them guide you in how best to support them.

Reassure them that the abuse is not their fault and that you are there for them. Remind them of their strengths, challenge them if they put themselves down or blame themselves, praise them for every step they takes and let them know they have your support.

Advice for Parents and Carers

You can download a copy of the Home Office guide to violence and abuse in teenage relationships here or call 023 92 634688 and ask for a copy to be posted to you.

Support for professionals

We have a whole section on supporting professionals including training and useful resources.

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