A domestic abuse support service aimed at victims, their children and those who are being abusive launches on 4 June 2019, providing crisis accommodation and community-based support to break the cycle of abuse for families across Hampshire.
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service will provide a single point of contact for all people affected by domestic abuse, with an advice line, information and referrals to appropriate services. It will support the whole family – men, women and children – and also help those using abusive behaviour to change in order to build better futures.
The service is provided by Stop Domestic Abuse and The Hampton Trust and is funded by the Local Authority and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Southampton City Council also funds the part of the service aimed at changing the behaviour of people who are being abusive.
Hampshire Constabulary deals with around 95 domestic abuse related incidents every day. The impact of domestic abuse can be wide reaching so services will work together to support victims and help keep them safe, whilst using interventions with perpetrators to break the cycle of abuse.
Help for victims is provided by Stop Domestic Abuse (previously known as Southern Domestic Abuse Service or SDAS) which offers confidential support for women, children, young people and men who experience emotional, physical or sexual abuse, as well as refuge accommodation and outreach work.
An important part of the integrated approach is the support on offer to adults and young people who are using abusive behaviour, which will be provided by The Hampton Trust. The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line can be reached 24 hours, 365 days a year on 03300 165 112.