Domestic Violence

For urgent help 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247

In an emergency, always call 999

Getting Help

You do have options

  • stay in the present home and get the perpetrator of the violence to leave
  • take legal action.
  • stay at home if you think this is safe
  • stay with relatives or friends
  • stay in a women’s refuge. This is only an option for women (with or without children)
  • get emergency accommodation from the local authority under homeless persons law - this will usually mean a bed and breakfast hostel
  • move into privately rented accommodation

Women’s Aid Refuges are safe houses run by and for women suffering domestic violence. Refuges provide somewhere safe for women and their children to stay and allow some time and space for the woman to think about what to do next.

Staff at refuges are specialised in dealing with domestic violence, and so can give a lot of emotional and practical support, for example, advice on benefit claims, which solicitors to use and, if necessary, how to contact the police.

Refuges can provide safe space, as well as practical and emotional support. They all differ and offer varying levels of support. It is usual to be referred by an agency such as Citizens Advice, Police, Samaritans or Social Services.

Rape & Sexual Violence

For rape or sexual violence you can attend Treetops - Hampshire's Sexual Assault Referral Centre based in Cosham. Treetops' 24 hour number is 0300 123 6616. They provide information, support and can refer you for appropriate help. They can also carry out forensic medical examinations.

Victim Support

Can support you in dealing with the emotional and practical difficulties involved in domestic violence. They can also support you at court if needed.

Support line: 0808 168 9111

Yellow Door (formerly Southampton Rape Crisis Centre)

Provides support and counselling to anyone over 16 who has suffered any sexual abuse or assault, however long ago.

Tel: Southampton - 023 8063 6312


An organisation based within Portsmouth City that work with persons who have been sexually violated at any time in their lives no matter how long ago.

Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS)

Helpline: 0330 016 5112


In an emergency ring 999, otherwise 101 for a non-emergency

The police have specially trained staff to help people experiencing domestic violence. They work closely with other organisations offering help and support. Their aim is to ensure the violence does not happen again.

Refuge + Women's Aid

Freephone 24 hour 0808 2000 247


Free and confidential phone 0800 1111

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline

Freephone 0800 800 5000


Samaritans 24 hours: 116 123


If you take legal action to protect yourself or your family from domestic violence, you may qualify for legal aid without having to meet the normal financial conditions.

Getting the facts

If you want more online information you can visit Citizens Advice website

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is behaviour by an adult towards another (usually partner or spouse) that is controlling and forceful.

It can be:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional abuse.

It can happen to anyone, in all kinds of relationships - heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender regardless of class, age, race, disability. The abuse can start at any time - in new relationships or after many years together.

All forms of abuse come from the abuser's desire for power and control.

Children are profoundly affected by domestic violence. Whatever the abuse, you do not have to put up with it. We are here to help and advise you.