A website is being developed by the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse forum to provide information and support to Armed Forces families who are suffering domestic abuse. The website will act as an information hub and signposting service to enable individuals and practitioners to find information and support.
Domestic abuse can happen in any sector of society, and the new website for Armed Forces families has been set up in order to ensure the specific needs of Armed Forces families are met. Information will be available for victims, perpetrators and the chain of command within the Armed Forces.
In order to populate the website with helpful information, an anonymous survey about domestic abuse and how to seek help has been developed, which is open to everyone to fill in. Domestic Abuse is defined by the government as “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological; physical; sexual; financial and emotional.”
Karen Evans, of the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “I would like to ask everyone to have their say on what kind of information would be helpful to those who are suffering domestic abuse and those who are perpetrators of it. We want to ensure the information in the website is as helpful as possible to Armed Forces families, so it is important that people take part, irrespective of whether they have been a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse so we can establish where people would look for help if they were worried about themselves or anyone they know. I also want to thank Rushmoor Borough Council’s Extended Services Partnership Manager Tony McGovern for his help in developing the survey.”
The survey will run for the month of December, and the results will be used to assess which content is included on the new website for Armed Forces families, which will be launched on March 3, at a ceremony in London.
To take part in the survey for individuals, please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DA-support
To take part in the survey for practitioners, please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DA-Practitioners
The project is funded through the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR fund, and has been approved by the Ministry of Defence Ethics Department.