Hampshire's Domestic Violence Services
You may have seen in the press recently, reference to White Ribbon Day, which was on 25th November. This day aims to raise aware of domestic abuse. As a family law solicitor, sadly part of my job involves making applications to the court for injunctions to try to protect a person from domestic violence, which can be physical, sexual, emotional and/or psychological. Even if no court application is required, it is often a feature of people's relationships which they tell me about when they separate.
I was very pleased to read in a local magazine that in Hampshire there is support available through the Integrated Domestic Abuse Service for Hampshire (IDASH). There is a helpline which is 0330 0165112. There are also the following support services:
- Community based outreach services;
- Individual support from independent domestic violence advisers;
- Dedicated support services for children and families;
- Access to refuge / crisis accommodation as well as move-on and resettlement services; and
- Support networks and group work.
This service in Hampshire is provided by the "You Trust" which operates in Basingstoke and Deane, Rushmoor and Hart, Test Valley, Winchester, Eastleigh and the New Forest. It is also provided by the Southern Domestic Abuse Service which covers East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham and Gosport.
As a family law solicitor and mediator, it is very useful to be able to signpost clients to this service and I am grateful Hampshire has such provision. Clients in this situation often are very vulnerable and need support urgently; a helpline is a good place to start.