Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Awareness

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In light of COVID -19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and in response to national Public Health advice, some changes to IOW domestic abuse services have been made but are continuing.

The Domestic Abuse Services are working closer together during this time and the referral route remains the same via You First contact number

0800 234 6266

You First, the IOW Domestic Violence and Abuse support provider have contingency plans in place to keep their service running throughout this current period and welcome contact from anyone experiencing this form of abuse who may need support.

The You First support phone lines are being covered and the office is currently open, although this is being regularly reviewed. They are completing remote support with clients over the phone and at this time are still conducting face to face support after completing a risk assessment.  

You can contact You First as normal by calling their single point of contact on 0800 234 6266 or emailing youfirstiow@theyoutrust.org.uk

The Hampton Trust team is currently expanding their range of services to meet the increased need of their clients. They are aware of the increased risks for victims who are isolated with perpetrators.  Please do not hesitate to contact them should you require any assistance regarding perpetrators.  This could include making referrals to our service for support and engagement or to share intelligence for tracking and disruption purposes. If you wish to speak to someone directly please dial 02380 009898 where a dedicated staff member will be available to take your call.  Alternatively call their front door services on 08002346266 or via email: isva@hamptontrust.org.uk. ADAPT group members can dial 07902 208 042 for the mentoring line.

At WightDash most of the team are working remotely and continuing to provide a service via telephone. The normal timetable for WOW has been temporarily suspended.  Their landlines 01983 825981 and 01983 300423 will be diverted out when the centre is not staffed so that messages can be left and will be responded to as soon as possible.

If you are suffering because of domestic abuse or know someone who is the there is help available 

  • Speak to someone who cares about protecting you from abuse and violence in your home - such as talking to trusted family members, friends, work colleagues or a neighbour so that they know what is happening in your life. Protect a family member, friend or neighbour from domestic abuse, let them know you're there to listen and advise them of the Island's domestic abuse provider You Trust. For more information visit their website theyoutrust.org.uk

  • You can also ring the freephone helpline on 0800 234 6266. Please note you may get the answer phone when the service is busy or if you call out of office hours

  • If you are concerned about a child’s safety or welfare, please contact Children Services - Hants Direct on 0300 300 0117.

  • Domestic abuse affects men too, for advice, help and support visit mensadviceline.org.uk.

  • Speak up for someone you know who is having problems with domestic abuse, contact IW Adults Safeguarding Team 01983 814980.

  • Speak to your doctor if your are experiencing problems with controlling your emotions and you are worried you could hurt someone you care about. You can also contact the Samaritans Isle of Wight· 

  • If someone is in immediate danger or at serious risk of harm, you are advised to call the police on 999  YOU Trust also works with Perpetrators.

Alcohol is no excuse

Alcohol can often be a factor in cases of domestic abuse and during popular events where there is always frequent opportunity for people to drink alcohol.  When people are drunk arguments and fights can escalate quickly, especially when emotions run high. Alcohol is never an excuse, find out how you can get help with your drinking by visiting the inclusion.org website providing advice on Island drug, alcohol & psychological therapy services available.

Drinking alcohol can sometimes lead to sexual abuse where you can be pressured into sex or are so drunk that you cannot freely give consent. Drunk doesn’t mean yes! safedate.org.uk provide clear information about sexual consent.

Domestic abuse is not always physical

To learn more about the different types of  domestic abuse please visit our web page about domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse advice for men

Men can also be victims of domestic abuse and sometimes find it incredibly hard to get help. Men can experience emotional abuse as well as physical abuse from female partners or male partners within their relationships. 

There is confidential support and advice from the Men’s Advice Line call 0808 801 0327 or visit mensadviceline.org.uk.

Survivorsuk.org provide support, information and advice on male rape and sexual abuse, and the profound effects it has on those who experience it.