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Domestic abuse


Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is defined as incidents that include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, this can be in relationships or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.  Domestic abuse is any incident/pattern of incidents of controlling, intimidating or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over. 

Raising awareness of domestic abuse is a priority for the Safer New Forest partnership and all reports are taken seriously.

For further information on domestic abuse support services please visit 

Domestic Abuse Support


Domestic abuse forum  

The domestic abuse forum, which comprises of several partner agencies across the New Forest such as Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire children/adult services and health services.  The group convene 4 times a year and their main objectives are to develop quality services to effectively meet the needs of New Forest residents in regards to domestic abuse and to work with other agencies to prevent violent and abusive relationships. 

The forum is always looking for other agencies to become involved with the group, therefore if your agency would be interested in becoming a member please contact the chair of the forum, Carol Beddow on

Updated: 14 Feb 2019
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