One in four women – and one in seven men – are likely to experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, so if it is happening to you, you are not alone.

Support if you're experiencing domestic abuse

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s safety, please call 999.

Stop Domestic Abuse

Stop Domestic Abuse provides support to those experiencing domestic abuse, those who recognise they are abusive in their relationship and want to change and support to children who witness domestic abuse.

Safer Portsmouth Partnership

The Safer Portsmouth website has advice and support for anyone experiencing Domestic Abuse. This includes a quiz to see how healthy your relationship is.

If you’re under 16

Refuge accommodation

If you need refuge accommodation out of normal working hours on Monday to Thursday evenings, call 07771 125991. Refuges can be accessed 24 hours by calling 0330 016 5112 and following the answerphone instructions.

Further information can be found on the Stop Domestic Abuse website.

For those who recognise they use abusive behaviours

If you are 16 and over and feel you use abusive or controlling behaviours in your relationship and want to change, then Stop Domestic Abuse can help. This includes help with replacing your unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviours and making positive changes. You could be supported on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.

If you would like more information, call 023 9206 5494.

Sexual abuse or violence

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS)

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) provides free counselling and support for anyone living in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire who has experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or other form of sexual violation any time in their lives.

PARCS also offers specialist counselling for all genders who have experienced, domestic abuse.

Email or phone 02392 669513 during office hours.

Helpline (0300 222 5735) operating hours are Mondays, 11am-2pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 4.30-8pm. There are voicemails available.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

If you have suffered an unwanted sexual experience and want practical support and guidance, then an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) can offer help. Regardless of when the incident happened or characteristics such as age, gender or sexuality, they will provide support and advice. Yellow Door offers a free ISVA service who give independent advice and support. They will:

  • help you make informed choices about what happens next, including whether you report to the police,
  • provide support throughout the criminal justice process if you do proceed in that way,
  • advise you on what your health care options are

In addition to the core ISVA service, Yellow Door offers a specialist Children and Young Person ISVA, Family ISVA and Male ISVA.

If you would like to know more, contact Yellow Door by phone on 023 8063 6312, by email at or visit the Yellow Door website.

Further advice

Follow the links for more information on:

Other sources of help

Local help and advice

  • Housing Needs & Advice – 023 9283 4989
  • Inscape (LGBTQ+) – 023 9265 5077 or 023 9229 8950
  • Men’s Aid – free practical advice and support to men who have been abused or are in an abusive relationship. Someone to talk to in the strictest of confidence. Helpful, constructive advice, plus other useful contacts specific to you – 0333 567 0556
  • Naval Personnel & Family Service – 023 9272 2712 or visit the Royal Navy website
  • Portsmouth Women’s Refuge – 023 9229 1034
  • Social Services – 023 9283 9111
  • Women’s Aid – free practical advice and support for women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. Someone to speak to in the strictest of confidence, instructive and helpful information and contacts specific to you. Links with Portsmouth Women’s Refuge Service – 0808 2000 247

National advice