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What is Domestic Abuse?

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 31% 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. 

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.

Get Help


Please click here to see the Hideout a special website for children

Young people

In an emergency situation always call 999.

Click here to see the Hideout a website for young people.

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  101.

Call our domestic abuse team EIP  for advice and support on 023 9268 8472

Women's Refuge

To talk to someone at the Women's refuge service, please call 023 9229 1034 as the location of the refuge is confidential.

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.

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