‘At home’ shouldn’t mean at risk this Christmas

The current pandemic means the Christmas season will be different this year for every family in Hampshire – sadly for some, this will inevitably contribute to rising tensions and an increase in incidents of domestic abuse, including violence

Dec 22 2020

During the festive period, help, including refuge should that be needed, is available to anyone experiencing domestic abuse at home, or struggling to manage their emotions or behaviour. The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service can be contacted on 03300 165 112 or on Facebook Messenger.

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, Councillor Judith Grajewski explained:

“No one should have to suffer domestic abuse. Over Christmas and New Year, our services will be open to ensure families and individuals have access to the help they need - just as they have been throughout 2020. We would encourage anyone who needs a safe place to go or just someone to talk to, to get in touch. Concerned family members and neighbours are also encouraged to contact us if they know someone who needs help, and for those people celebrating Christmas - I wish you a safe and peaceful time.”

The contact details are:

Always dial 999 if you are in immediate danger or in an emergency. 

If you are unable to speak, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. Then follow the instructions depending on whether you are calling from a mobile or a landline. If you call from a mobile, if prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard - this will transfer your call to the police.