Domestic Abuse

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: I’m concerned about a child who is being exposed to incidents of domestic violence. Who should I report this to?

Answer: Where there is concern for the safety and welfare of a child, the situation should be handled with paramount importance.
If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Where no immediate danger is identified, you should contact the Child Safeguarding Team on 0300 3000117


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Question: Where can I get free practical legal advice and support with injunctions?

Answer: If there is immediate risk of harm, call the police on 999.
The National Centre for Domestic Violence specialise in civil remedies available to victims of domestic violence, this includes non-molestation orders and occupation orders. Please call their 24 hour emergency helpline on 0800 970 2070, or text HELP to 60777.

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Question: How can I report an incident of domestic abuse?

Answer: If an incident is occurring and you are concerned for your welfare, dial 999 and request police assistance. If there is no current concern for welfare, contact the police on the non-emergency number of 101.

If you don't want to report an incident to the police, you can call You First on 0800 234 6266 (women and men), Refuge 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (women only) or Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (men only)

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Question: I am in a Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bi-sexual relationship and the victim of domestic abuse. Who can I contact?

Answer: If there is immediate risk of harm, call the police on 999. Where there is no immediate danger, you can call You first (the Isle of Wight's Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crime Service) on 0800 234 6266 (women and men), Refuge 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (women only), Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (men only) or Age UK Isle of Wight offer safe, confidential & impartial support for people experiencing hate crime and / or domestic abuse - contact Anna Murry, project worker on 01983 525282.

Gallop (formerly broken rainbow) are a national organisation supporting the LGBTQ community who are or have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse - call 0800 999 5428

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Question: I'm in an abusive relationship and need help. Who can I speak to?

Answer: Are you in immediate danger? If so, call 999 for urgent police assistance.

If you are not in immediate danger, or if you don't want to report an incident to the police, you can call You First (The Isle of Wight's Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crime Service) delivered by You Trust on 0800 234 6266 (women and men), Refuge 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (women only) or the men's advice line on 0808 801 0327 (men only)

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Question: I am concerned about the welfare of a person with a Learning Disability who is being abused by their partner/parent. Who can I contact?

Answer: If there is immediate risk of harm, call the police on 999. Where there is no immediate danger, contact YouFirst (the Isle of Wight's Integrated Domestic Abuse & Sexual Crime service) on 0800 234 6266 (women and men)
If you are concerned that an adult is, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, please call the Safeguarding Team on 01983 814980 (outside office hours call 01983 821105) or email abusereporting@iow.gov.uk

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Question: I’m concerned about the welfare of an older person who I think is being abused by their Son/Daughter/relative. Who can I speak to for advice and support?

Answer: If there is immediate risk of harm, please call the police on 999. Where there is no immediate danger, you can call Age UK on 01983 525282 (women and men), YouFirst (the Isle of Wight's Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crime Service) on 0800 234 6266 (women and men), Refuge 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (women only) or Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (men only)
If you are concerned that an adult is, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, please call the Safeguarding Team on 01983 814980 (outside office hours call 01983 821105) or email abusereporting@iow.gov.uk

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