Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse victims in the New Forest are urged to seek professional help and stop the cycle of fear and misery.

The Safer New Forest Partnership’s Domestic Abuse Survivor’s Survey has revealed that domestic abuse victims who seek help are less likely to suffer at a later date.

The Partnership wants to make more people aware of the help available locally and nationally and it urges victims to take the first step in picking up the phone and making the call.

Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, said: “Don’t suffer in silence. Whether the abuse is physical or emotional, there are organisations ready to listen, including the New Forest Women’s Refuge (Stonham), Women’s Aid www.womensaid.org.uk and Refuge www.refuge.org.uk

“No-one should suffer domestic abuse – there is a way out.”

New Forest Chief Inspector Simon Tribe said: “Domestic abuse should never be tolerated. It often goes on behind closed doors in the home and the victim is often too scared to report it for fear of danger to their lives, the future and the safety of the children.

“There are a number of professional agencies ready and willing to give them all the support they need to break the cycle of abuse – victims just need to pick up the phone and call them.”

If you are suffering domestic abuse, contact the police, who are open 24 hours and available on 101 or 999 in an emergency; New Forest Women’s Refuge (Stonham) on 0800 389 8394; the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (for women); Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327; Victim Support on 0845 303 0900; Citizen’s Advice on 08444 111444 and the Samaritans on 116 123

For more information, visit the Safer New Forest website www.safer.newforest.gov.uk