This year’s theme for White Ribbon Day is #ChangetheStory, encouraging us to make consistent choices and actions to #ChangeTheStory for all survivors of abuse.

Abuse takes many forms. Some behaviours and words may seem ‘harmless’ but normalising them ignores the short- and long-term effects and can lead to more extreme violence.

Southern Housing is committed to tackling domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please contact us.

We’ll treat all reports seriously and one of our officers will make contact within one working day. We can work with you on an action plan, please read more on how we can help.

If you’re still unsure, take a moment to listen to this testimonial…

1.5 million domestic abuse incidents & crimes recorded in 2022
7.7% INCREASE ON 2021
5% Adults experienced domestic abuse in the last year

Office for National Statistics

From 1st November changes will come in, allowing medical records to be automatically available on the NHS app.

Refuge have provided some important advice, encouraging you to speak to your GP if you’ve any concerns about someone accessing your health data:

“The lack of publicity around these changes means that some survivors records may already be available in the NHS app, and they don’t even know it.

It is essential that these changes are publicised widely, so that survivors know to take the necessary precautions to improve their safety and privacy.

Our message to survivors is simple. Call your GP surgery and ask that access to your records be switched off, so that they cannot be viewed in the app. If you’re concerned, and it is safe for you to do so, please also consider deleting the NHS app from your device.”