Domestic abuse and housing need

Coronavirus will have a serious impact on the lives of women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. Information on where to get help is available on our website.

If you feel you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

If your situation is not urgent, please call the police on 101 or contact our housing team on 01730 234415 to plan your next steps.

What is domestic abuse?

The Home Office's official definition of domestic abuse is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Southern Domestic Abuse Service

Southern Domestic Abuse Service runs refuge accommodation offering support and temporary accommodation to women and children escaping domestic abuse.

They also offer outreach services to women, children, young people and men not staying in a refuge but still in need of advice, support and information.