Domestic Abuse

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If you don’t tell anyone about abuse, it is likely to continue and get worse over time. 

By telling someone, a friend, family member or one of the organisations listed on this page, you will be able to start protecting yourself and your children.

There are many different agencies you can call depending on the help you need.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger or at serious risk of harm, you are advised to call the police on 999.

YOU trust Support:

Contact YOU trust which is an Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crime Service, provided on the Isle of Wight: Freephone 0800 234 6266
Please note: you may get the answer phone when the service is busy or if you call out of office hours.

To learn more about this service download the YOU trust information leaflet (PDF, 240KB, 2 pages).

Select any of the links below and they will provide further information on various support services.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline:  0808 2000 247 (24 hour helpline)

Galop (Formerly Broken Rainbow) (for LGBT victims): 0800 999 5428

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

Isle of Wight Independent Sexual Violence Advisor: (Hampton Trust)

Isle of Wight Children's Services (For Safeguarding Children): 0300 300 0117

IW Adults Safeguarding Team: 01983 814980

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted recently, the next step is to get help

  • Go to a safe place such as the home of a trusted friend or family member.
  • You do not have to call the police, but if you do want to call 101 ask to speak to a specially trained officer. If you get help immediately after the assault, try not to wash or change your clothes. This may destroy forensic evidence that could be important.

  • If you are not sure if you do want to report the assault to the police you can still go to Treetops Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) (Portsmouth) by telephoning 0300 123 6616, where you can have a forensic and medical examination. They can store the forensic results until you make up your mind whether to report to the police or not.

  • If you are not sure what you want to do, then you could phone the Island’s Independent Sexual Violence adviser on 07376 083950 who will be able to provide support and advice.

  • Yellow Door (Formerly Southampton Rape Crisis) offers a counselling service to victims from the Isle of Wight. Helpline: 02380 636312. 

ISVA Service (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

An ISVA is an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate, who offers confidential advice and support to both males and females who have been the victims of recent or historic sexual violence. This service is run by the Hampton Trust.

What can you expect from the service:

ISVAs will give you the information you need to decide what it is you would like and need.

For example:

  • Practical advice on reporting to the police, the legal process and attending court
  • Refer you for counselling and other appropriate services
  • Help to co-ordinate different agencies, such as sexual health, mental health, substance misuse and housing
  • Liaise with the police for regular case updates, if you choose to report the sexual assault
  • Regular and ongoing telephone contact and/or face to face meetings and support

If you wish, they can also go with you to the following:

  • Sexual Assault and Referral Centre (SARC) at Treetops  - details provided on this web page.
  • Police, if you choose to report
  • Sexual health clinic
  • Court
  • Doctors
  • Housing office

An ISVA will only provide the support you choose. The role is not to tell you what to do, but helping you make informed choices.

If you would like further information, please email: isva@hamptontrust.org.uk

Hollie Guard App

Hollie Guard is a free app for smartphones that has been designed to protect both men and women from possible danger.

Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button. If in danger, simply shake your phone to generate an alert - your location, audio, and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order to attract maximum attention.

From the moment Hollie Guard is activated, your location is tracked and can be viewed in real time by your emergency contact. Evidence is not stored on the smartphone but on secure servers so that it can be used as future as evidence.

Hollie Guard was developed by Panic Guard Ltd for the Hollie Gazzard Trust and is named after Hollie.  The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up after the murder of Hollie Gazzard at her salon in Gloucester in 2014 by her then boyfriend – Asher Maslin, who had actively stalked Hollie during an abusive relationship.