Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst said: “Over the past year and more with the additional pressures and restrictions from COVID-19, men and women at risk from domestic abuse have felt vulnerable and frightened as the pandemic’s upheavals have increased their isolation. Domestic abuse is never okay, and if anyone is experiencing this and needs support or is struggling to manage their emotions or behaviour, I would urge them to please get in touch because help is available for all members of the family. If it is not possible to talk on the phone, people can use ‘instant messenger’ to make contact.”
Services in Hampshire welcome people of any gender or sexuality recognising that anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse.
The Hampshire Domestic Abuse helpline is on 03300 165 112 and is staffed between 9.30am and 8pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, a voicemail provides alternative numbers to call. There are also instant messenger chats available to anyone who cannot talk out loud – visit the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership pages for further information at https://www.hants.gov.uk/domesticabuse.
Anyone in immediate danger, or who knows someone who is, should call 999 and ask for the Police. In an emergency, if you are unable to speak, dialling 999 and then entering 55 will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to talk.
Anyone concerned about their behaviour towards someone else, can seek help - call the Hampton Trust’s advice line on 02380 009898.
This White Ribbon Day, and over the following 16 days of action against domestic abuse, the County Council will be using social media to reach out to anyone who could be at risk, across Hampshire. Look out for posts with the hashtags #noexcuseforabuse #recogniseitseekhelp #16daysofaction #AllMenCan #Makethepromise