At home shouldn’t mean at risk, but sadly for many people the lockdown has meant that they are trapped in isolation with their abuser under a pressurised situation.
Over the weekend, the government launched its #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is still help for them during the Covid crisis.
If you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. (Gov.uk, Covid19 and domestic abuse) the COVID-19 household isolation does not apply
Domestic abuse is a serious crime. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
- If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls.
- If you call 999 from a mobile and cannot speak, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard (link embedded to scheme) and this will transfer your call to the police. Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247 or www.
SOURCES OF HELP
- Childline – 0800 1111
- Refuge – 0808 2000 247 (National Domestic Abuse Helpline)
- Women’s Aid
- Men’s Advice line - 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
- The Mankind Initiative - 01823 334244 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
- National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Violence helpline - 0800 999 5428
- Respect Phoneline offers confidential advice and support to help domestic violence perpetrators stop being violent and abusive to their partners or ex-partners. 0808 802 4040
(With Thanks to the Archdiocescan safeguarding officer Alex for providing us with the above information)