Background to Project
This website is overseen by the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum and has been made possible by funding from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund. The Libor Fund has provided financial support to projects throughout the UK which support the Armed Forces Community.
Who is the website for?
This website helps victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse get the support they need and also supports them in makeing informed decisions. It also informs the wider community such as the Chain of Command and military and civilian support providers.
Why is this website needed?
A survey, conducted by the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum asked the Armed Forces community if they knew where to seek help and support for domestic abuse. A total of 30% of those asked did not know where to seek help.
There is no evidence to suggest that domestic abuse is any more common within the Armed Forces. However the following factors could place additional pressure on families:
- Research has indicated that people between the ages of 20 and 40 are at highest risk of experiencing domestic abuse – this age range is strongly represented in the Armed Forces.
- Regular assignments and geographic separation can isolate victims by cutting them off from their family and support systems.
- Regular assignments can make it difficult for a spouse to maintain a career, resulting in them being more economically dependent on the serving partner.
- Regular deployments and reunions create unique stresses on Armed Forces families.