Hampshire Domestic Abuse services continue providing support to vulnerable

Hampshire's Domestic Abuse Service is continuing to provide help to people experiencing domestic abuse via phone, email and online. The telephone helpline can be accessed on 03300 165 112 and will be staffed from 11.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday

Mar 30 2020

A face to face support option is not available during this time but access to refuge, for those with urgent needs, will still be available 24/7.

Councillor Judith Grajewski, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, said: “We understand that the recent measures announced to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), such as the order to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.  During this period of social distancing and social isolation for those families affected by domestic abuse, the home is unlikely to be a safe place.  Additional pressures caused by illness, financial worries and spending more time together without being able to leave the house are likely to make this situation more difficult.  Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under - Hampshire services will therefore continue to be available to provide support.”

If you are in immediate danger, or know someone who is, call 999 and ask for the police, who are continuing to respond to emergency calls.  In an emergency if you are unable to speak - dial 999 and then enter 55.  This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to talk.
The Government issued guidance on domestic abuse on 29 March 2020 : Coronavirus (COVID-19) and domestic abuse.

The following national helplines are also available to those experiencing domestic abuse:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones.

ManKind

ManKind is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse across the UK.

 

Galop - for members of the LGBT+ community

If you are a member of the LGBT+ community, Galop runs a specialist helpline on 0800 999 5428 or email help@galop.org.uk.