Useful links

Portsmouth Women’s Refuge

The Portsmouth Women’s Refuge service provides safe, confidential accommodation for up to 16 women and their children fleeing domestic abuse.

The Portsmouth Women’s Refuge offers support to help families gain the skills and confidence needed to move on to appropriate, secure accommodation where they can live their lives free from abuse.

The service is available to men and women living within Portsmouth City to provide individuals with options and choices, enabling them to make informed decisions about their futures.


Referrals can be made direct by the individual as well as professional agencies.

The Refuge service can accept women (aged 16+) and their children up to age 16 who are fleeing domestic abuse.

The Outreach service can accept men and women experiencing domestic abuse who live within the Portsmouth area.

Please telephone 023 9206 5494 for assistance, advice or to make a referral, or email

The location of the refuge is confidential.

National Centre for Domestic Violence

The National Centre for Domestic Violence provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence.

Our award-winning service allows anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic violence to apply for an emergency court injunction.

This can sometimes be issued within 24 hours of making contact with us. We work in close partnership with the police, solicitors and other support agencies (Refuge, Women’s Aid etc.) to help victims obtain speedy protection.

Women’s Aid – information for older women

Women’s Aid has developed a toolkit for older women, offering practical advice and information about controlling behaviour in relationships.

Victim Support

Victim Support is an independent charity for victims of crime in England and Wales and provides information about domestic abuse including:

  • Recognising the signs
  • Common questions
  • How to get support and legal help

Getting help

In an emergency situation always call 999 for help.

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

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need support, please get in touch with the Stop Domestic Abuse service, our domestic abuse team, for advice and support on 023 9206 5494 or by email. Our experienced specialist team is on hand to discuss your concerns and needs, 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm weekends and bank holidays. Contact can be by phone or face-to-face in a safe location.