Domestic abuse & people living with disabilities

Disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic violence than those without disabilities. They are also likely to experience abuse over a longer period of time and to suffer more severe injuries as a result of the violence.  If you are disabled, your abuser may also be your carer, or your personal assistant and you may be reliant on him/her for personal care or mobility.

There is help and support available for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service is able to support people with disabilities and have outreach services or independent advocacy services which can help you. If you need safe accommodation some refuges now have full wheelchair access, and workers who can assist you and your children who have special needs such as physical, sensory (hearing or visual) and learning impairments.

Help is available from:

 

  • Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Telephone Advice Line 03300 165 112 Weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays)

 

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Website

 

  • Stay Safe East

 

Stay Safe East provides specialist and holistic advocacy and support services to disabled victims and survivors of abuse.

 

  • SignHealth

 

SignHealth provides domestic abuse service support for deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL).

WhatsApp or Facetime: 07970 350366

Telephone: 020 3947 2601

Email: da@signhealth.org.uk

 

  • 999 calls for people who are deaf

 

If you are deaf or can’t verbally communicate, you can register with the emergencySMS service. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.

For more information:

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/the-survivors-handbook/the-survivors-handbook-disabled-women/

Children and young people living with domestic abuse

Is someone in your family hurting someone else? If abuse is happening at home, you probably want it to stop but you might not be sure what you can do. The best thing to do is to tell someone what is going on. You might be able to talk to the person who is being hurt. If not, you could try talking to a teacher, a neighbour, a friend or a friend’s parent, etc.

You can also call a helpline – they will be able to tell you where you can get help near where you live.

Remember, domestic abuse is not your fault. You won’t get into trouble for telling someone.

Help is available from:

  • Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line

03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays)

  • Childline

Telephone: 0800 1111

Childline is available for children and young people to reach out for help and support by phone or using their online chat service. They also provide specific guidance for young people on how to get help and what to do if they are worried about a friend.

  • NSPCC

Telephone: 0808 800 5000

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

The NSPCC has issued guidance for spotting and reporting the signs of abuse on their website.

The NSPCC Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about a child to contact for professional advice and support.

  • Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s provides support to families affected by domestic abuse.

  • Family Lives

Family Lives also provide support through online forums.

Domestic abuse help is available for perpetrators

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
Email: advice@hamptontrust.org.uk

Modern Slavery Strategy published June 2020

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership has launched its strategy to tackle Slavery in Hampshire, IOW, Portsmouth and Southampton:

Hampshire Modern Slavery Partnreship_2020-23_MSP_Strategy

This sets out how it will pursue perpetrators and support victims of slavery and trafficking in its new strategy, launched as figures reveal an increase in potential victims being identified and amid COVID-19 related concerns.

National Referral Statistics for the first quarter of 2020

The Home Office has published Modern Slavery National Referral Statistics for the first quarter of 2020.

Q1 2020 NRM statistics

In quarter 1 2020, 2,871 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the NRM, this is a 14% decrease from the previous quarter (although a 33% increase from the same quarter in 2019).  This is the 1st quarter-on-quarter decrease since the 3rd quarter of 2016.  The decrease in this quarter is thought to be as a result of the restrictions as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Labour exploitation was the most common exploitation type for adult potential victims, whilst criminal exploitation was most commonly reported for child potential victims.

Community safeguarding guidance

The current lockdown restrictions mean that right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated. This means that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. However, safeguarding is everyone’s business. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals – like pharmacists, shop and supermarket workers or anyone who might still be interacting with members of the public – can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe.

The Home Office, in collaboration with a number of other Government departments, has produced information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.

       

Older people can also be affected by domestic abuse

It’s a challenging time for older and vulnerable people living with abuse. Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse reported. If this applies to you or if you are concerned about any other type of harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person, support is available. Remember, you can leave your home to seek support for domestic abuse.

Help is available from:

  • Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Telephone Advice Line 03300 165 112 Weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays)

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Website

  • We are Hourglass (previously Action on Elder Abuse)

Confidential helpline providing information and support to anyone concerned about harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person.
Telephone: 0808 8088141 www.wearehourglass.org

  • Connect to Support Hampshire has a range of information and to assist older and vulnerable Hampshire residents during the current pandemic
  • The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline: 0333 370 4000

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Stop Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line Hours

In order to provide increased opportunities to those affected by domestic as lockdown eases, Stop Domestic Abuse are extending their Advice Line for the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service until 8.00pm at night. Please find details in the poster attached below and please do share with your networks.

Stop Domestic Abuse HDAS COVID-19 Extension of Advice Line Hours

 

All contact details are included below:

 

Stop Domestic Abuse

COVID-19 Service Delivery 11 May 2020 – 9 October 2020

 Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service

Email: advice@stopdomesticabuse.uk

Secure email: advice.hampshire@stopdomesticabuse.cjsm.net

Telephone: 033 0016 5112

 

Advice Line opening hours: 

For victims, perpetrators, 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.

Hampshire and IOW Crisis Line for Young People

Please find a posters and a leaflet below for a newly commissioned CYP Crisis Line for 11 – 17 year olds in Hampshire & IOW (excluding Portsmouth & Southampton currently). This new service launched on Monday 4th May and will be available via freephone Monday – Thursday 3pm – 8:30pm, including bank holidays.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight drug alert

Reports of separate incidences in Fareham and Gosport of drug overdoses and drug related deaths amongst opiate users have recently been raised.  The incidences relate to the use of heroin and crack. It is not known as this stage if this is as a result of a contaminated, adulterated or unusually strong drugs.

Local anecdotal reports suggest that the impact of COVID-19 could be potentially affecting the purity of available substances or influencing the amount people are taking by either buying more due to fears of a drought or perceptions of reduced strength/purity.

Please see further information in the poster attached below and circulate this information to relevant partners and service users.

SHIP Drug Alert Poster

Domestic Abuse – COVID-19 partnership and service information

The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership has highlighted that domestic abuse is of increasing concern during the lockdown period of the current coronavirus crisis. It has created a dedicated page on its existing website to host this information:

Hampshire Domestic Abuse: Information and Updates

Links to this page have also been placed in a banner at the top of its usual homepage:

Hampshire Domestic Abuse

Silent Solutions

Information has been produced to help  if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but are unable to speak. If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine.

Information and guidance can be found in the documents below:

         

 

Safeguarding and DBS Factsheet: FAQs

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have produced a FAQ document to accompany their Safeguarding Factsheet. It is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time, and is split into two sections:

  1. Advice for those organising a community volunteer group, and
  2. Advice for individuals wanting to assist those in their local community

The factsheet can be viewed here:

Safeguarding and DBS Factsheet

Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness Briefing

The purpose of this briefing is to assist senior leaders, such as members of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), as well as commissioners, practitioners and operational managers who are working across relevant sectors and agencies in this field, to support people who are homeless and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. This is a complex area of safeguarding adults’ practice. It requires an integrated whole system response. The intention is that the briefing will support and improve practice and encourage debate about policy and service development.

 

There are 11 sections in this briefing. Particular focus is given to working with people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness. The eleven sections include an outline of relevant law and a summary of learning from safeguarding adult reviews. Effective practice is explored through a focus on working with individuals, the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team around the person, organisations around the team, and governance.

 

The briefing forms part of a sector-led improvement project. The briefing concludes with a list of resources and identifies how the project will be taken forward to further inform policy, service and practice development. 

 

At a local level Homelessness is a priority for the HSAB this year, with the HSAB Housing subgroup working on the production of Homelessness guidance, as well as campaign materials being designed by the Stakeholder subgroup for circulation to raise awareness of the links between homelessness, abuse and safeguarding.

 

Corona Virus Scams – Information from Trading Standards

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Trading Standards have produced the social media pack below, alongside a press release (https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams) and letter template.

Please share the posts in the media pack to draw attention to the infographic, which provides information on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus scams. The Friends Against Scams training has been updated to include further information on the types of coronavirus scams the team have seen and actions to take to protect yourself and others.