Raising Awareness

Our service is committed to raising awareness of domestic abuse in the community and to working with other professionals and agencies whose clients may be affected by interpersonal abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or 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. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group. (www.homeoffice.gov.uk)

People experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse may minimise what has happened or is happening or blame themselves. They may feel ashamed, embarassed or alone. This is a normal response to abuse. If you are not sure whether this applies to you, why not give us a ring?

What can we offer you?

Free specialist counselling

Counselling takes place at our confidential address in well resourced counselling rooms.

PARCS provides a space to consider and explore:

  • Increasing empowerment, self esteem and choice
  • Trust and boundary setting
  • The dynamics of domestic abuse and breaking the cycle
  • Whether to remain in or leave a relationship
  • Feeling safe and less isolated
  • The ability to express needs and form safe relationships

How can I find out more?

Counselling is available to men and women aged 18 and over who are residents of Portsmouth (PO1-PO6), and South East Hampshire (PO7-PO17 & GU31-GU33 & SO31)

You can refer yourself by telephoning/emailing PARCS. If you would like someone to refer on your behalf, this could be a friend, relative, GP, other health worker or support agency.

Our telephone number is 023 9266 9513

Our email is admin@parcs.org.uk

Other Services

PARCS also provides free specialist counselling, psychotherapy and groups to women and men, aged 5+ who are resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and who have experienced any form of sexual violation at any time in their lives.

PARCS prevention service also designs and delivers free, innovative and specialist group work sessions to young people aged 13+, parents/carers and the wider community to raise awareness of the causes, incidence and impact of sexual abuse/exploitation.