Website launches to help former armed forces personnel who are experiencing domestic abuse

A new website has been launched to help people who have been in the armed forces and are, or have previously been, affected by domestic abuse, to access information about support available to them: www.domesticabusearmedforces.co.uk
The website also includes information for professionals who are supporting someone who used to be in the armed forces community, to understand some armed forces specific information, which may assist them. The site is specifically for veterans and those who are no longer serving, or a family member of serving armed forces personnel.
Karen Evans, of the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “This website provides a simple message – domestic abuse is not right, no-one has to face it alone and it is more common than many people think. Domestic abuse affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men during their lifetime, as well as 1 in 4 same sex relationships. Help is available for victims and their children, as well as for perpetrators. Having developed a website specifically for those currently serving in the armed forces, we were approached by several veterans and veteran charities who, whilst they need to access civilian based support, asked if we could also develop a site to help them and their families and we were happy to accommodate that request.”
Anyone currently serving can access relevant information for them at www.gov.uk/mod/domestic-abuse-support-for-the-armed-forces. The website provides information and support on domestic abuse to the armed forces community including serving personnel, their friends and family, veterans, the chain of command and civilian and military support providers.
Members of the armed forces who are affected by domestic abuse may be concerned about specific issues when they are trying to make decisions around their future, including accommodation, impact on visas and the reality of leaving the military community. These and other issues are covered on the site.
• The website for former armed forces personnel is www.domesticabusearmedforces.co.uk
• The website for current serving armed forces personnel is: www.gov.uk/government/collections/domestic-abuse-guidance-and-support-for-the-armed-forces-community
• General help and support on domestic abuse, including information specific to North Hampshire, is available at: www.safernh.co.uk/domestic-abuse