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Domestic violence - you are not alone

Domestic violence - Coronavirus update

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic the Council continues to work with partners to provide support for victims of domestic abuse.

Stop Domestic Abuse Service is the main partner in Fareham.  They continue to provide the majority of their services, including taking referrals, but most are being delivered in a different way.  Updates are being provided on their website External Hyperlink.

Both refuges and the Stop Domestic Abuse Adviceline are available at any time, night or day.  Simply call 033 0016 5112 and following the answerphone instructions.

The Housing Options Team at Fareham Borough Council can be reached on 01329 824343.

Government advice

The Government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.

The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls.

If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can.  Then follow the instructions depending on whether you are calling from a mobile or a landline.

If you call from a mobile

If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard External Hyperlink and this will transfer your call to the police.

Pressing 55 only works on mobile and does not allow police to track your location.

Call 999 from a landline

If only background noise can be heard and operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, then you will be connected to a police callhandler.

If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick up again.

When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.

If you are deaf or can't verbally communicate

You can register with the emergencySMSservice. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you want to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is any incidence of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. The Council works with Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) who provide the following services in the Fareham area:

The Stop Domestic Abuse Adviceline can be accessed at any time. Call 033 0016 5112 and follow the answerphone instructions.

For more information visit the Stop Domestic Abuse website External Hyperlink.


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