People and organisations from across the city have got behind our campaign to say enough is enough when it comes to domestic violence and abuse. Our photo wall has been build by hundreds of contributors taking the time to send us their messages. Images sent in have also been published online on the Southern Daily Echo Website who have supported the campaign from the beginning.
We would like to thank all the contributors who have helped raise awareness of this important issue and have shown solidarity with those affected.
We've also included a special video put together for the campaign by the Southampton Ukulele Jam.
We want everyone to be aware of the scale and importance of this issue. Last year in Southampton:
- There were 5,404 incidents of domestic violence reported to the police
- A further 775 non-police contacts about DVA
- 739 victims were identified at high risk of serious physical harm or death
- Over 1,000 children were living in highest risk households
- In more than half of all safeguarding children’s referrals DVA is a factor
But this is the tip of the iceberg as only around 40% of people experiencing DVA actually report it.
Join the Domestic & Sexual Abuse Forum
Join a group of professionals from the widest possible breadth of services and interested individuals who meet and are kept in touch about Domestic & sexual Abuse in Southampton. The forum aims to raise the profile of domestic and sexual abuse, support events and campaigns and generally give a voice to this issue. To join email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help and advice about domestic violence and abuse
- The police if it is urgent and you or someone else is at risk of immediate harm
- If you are a victim, family member or friend and you wish to talk to someone about DVA call the national helpline on 0808 2000 247
- If a professional in Southampton has concerns about a client or service-user call Pippa – our single point of contact 023 8091 7917
- If there is a concern about a child or young person in Southampton contact MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub) 023 8083 3336