As an important element of their COVID-19 pandemic response, Stop Domestic Abuse will continue to extend the opening hours of the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line until 31 March 2020. Details of the services available are as follows:
Stop Domestic Abuse
COVID-19 Service Delivery until 31 March 2021
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service
Secure email: email@example.com
Telephone: 033 0016 5112
Advice Line opening hours:
For victims, perpetrators and their family/friends and professionals
9.30am-8.00pm Monday –Friday.
Refuges can be accessed 24 hrs by calling 033 0016 5112 and following the answerphone instructions.
Portsmouth Integrated Domestic Abuse Refuge and Outreach Service
Secure email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 02392 065494
Opening hours: 9:00am – 9.00pm Monday-Friday
Weekends and bank holidays 10:00am-6.00pm
The mental health issues related to lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression. The charity MIND now has a 24 hour helpline available at the following number: 03001233393
Domestic abuse takes many forms. Economic abuse often happens alongside other types of abuse and is commonly part of a pattern of behaviour where abusers seek to control their victims by means of their finances. They may repeatedly control your everyday actions and take away your choices, becoming violent and abusive (or threatening) if you refuse to meet their demands. With economic abuse, an abuser may restrict how you acquire, spend and manage money and economic resources, such as accommodation, food, clothing and transport (Surviving Economic Abuse, 2020). They might take your wages, stop you working, or put you in debt.
Social distancing and isolation measures which are in place to control the spread of coronavirus may reinforce the power that an abuser has over you. If you are concerned about how coronavirus may affect your finances or are experiencing economic abuse, help is available from:
Advice Line (provided by Stop Domestic Abuse) 03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-8pm
Is your family fearful of your behaviour?
The current crisis will be different for every family in Hampshire and for some, this has contributed to an increase in incidents of domestic abuse.
If you are struggling to manage your emotions or behaviour, help and support is available. Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service helps adults and young people who are experiencing all forms of domestic abuse to recognise it and seek help. As part of this service, the Hampton Trust supports those who think they may be hurting or abusing someone to help them to understand and change their behaviour.
It takes strength and courage to take this step. If you need help for yourself or a friend, you can call the confidential advice line on 03300 165 112.
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line 03300 165 112, weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays)
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Website
Hampton Trust COVID support line: 02380 009898