Domestic Abuse Priority

In the year ending March 2018, 1.3 million women and 695,000 men experienced domestic abuse in the UK. On average, two women a week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner and 30 men a year are murdered by their partner or ex-partner.

Our aim

To reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse / violence in Portsmouth 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 it.

Why this is a priority

Domestic abuse accounts for:

      • 40% of all assaults in Portsmouth
      • 13.9% of all crime in Portsmouth
      • 26.3 people per 1,000 of the population in Portsmouth experienced domestic abuse compared to 17.8 for England and Wales

It has been a priority for the Safer Portsmouth Partnership (SPP) for over a decade and continues to be a priority for all SPP partners as it impacts on:

      • Violence
      • Child Protection
      • Mental Health
      • Substance Misuse

What is the cost

Domestic violence/abuse can result in serious emotional, psychological and physical harm to both victim/survivor and their family, and it is thought to cost Portsmouth services around £13.5 million per year. This includes costs of about £6 million to health services, £3 million to the criminal justice system (excluding police), £2 million to the police, £1 million to children’s social care and about £600,00 to local authority housing services.

What we know 

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’. 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.

It 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.

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

Click here to see our Domestic Abuse plan and March 2019 updates

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