Domestic violence and abuse is:
any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to;
You may not recognise your experience as DVA, but if you are concerned for your safety or you are worried about your partner’s behaviour please call us on Pippa for independent and confidential advice. Need to add caveat about safeguarding concerns ‘however, if what you tell us raises concerns for either you or your family we will have a duty to contact the relevant people’
If you feel scared of your partner it is likely that you are experiencing domestic violence and abuse (DVA).
The abuser may be a family member or someone you are in or have been in a relationship with.
Anyone can be a victim of abuse regardless of age, race, income, religion, belief, sex, disability, culture or sexual orientation.
It is very common, with 1 in 4 women experiencing DVA in their lifetime and men can be victims too.
There are around 5,000 calls to the Police for DVA in Southampton each year and over 700 women are considered at high risk of serious physical harm or death as a result of DVA in our City each year. (
If you or your family are in immediate danger or if you have sustained physical injury – call the Police on 999
If you have concerns about your family or friends and DVA – see our leaflet here.