Our Outreach Service
The Outreach Service is free for all women and men in the Test Valley area who, either now or in the past, have been affected by domestic violence and abuse. Not all abuse is physical, it can be name calling, controlling your money, isolating you, using the children against you, controlling your online social media and many other forms of abuse.
- Someone to listen to you.
- Talk through your options either over the phone or face to face (face to face is limited currently due to COVID-19).
- Information so you can make your own choice.
- Safety planning, and where appropriate arranging for alarms etc to be fitted to your home.
- Advocacy and support to work with other agencies such as solicitors, housing, benefit and social care.
- Advice on accessing DVDS – Clare’s Law.
- Support to prosecute your abuser if you want to make a report to the Police and guidance through the criminal justice system.
- Provide information and help in gaining civil orders such as non-molestation orders.
- Support and guidance with child contact issues.
- Referrals to other agencies and support groups.
- Support at Court.
- Access to refuge accommodation.
- Support from an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) if you are at high risk of harm.
- Access to an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who can provide support to any survivor/victim of sexual abuse. An ISVA provides non-directive support to meet the survivors needs. Advise on forensic evidence retrieval, how the criminal justice system works and support to access the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and options available if the victim does not want to make a report to the Police.