As the Covid-19 pandemic has an increasing impact, many people are being advised to work from home, social distance, avoid large gatherings and – if you experience symptoms – self isolate.
But while home is widely considered to be the safest place for many, this is far from the reality for victims of domestic abuse.
Ramifications of the Covid-19 outbreak and recent guidance from Central Government will undoubtably cause a combination of burdens across many households in the UK. This may see an increase in cases of domestic abuse.
Evidence shows when communities undergo additional stress – from disease, to drought, to their local football team losing a match – rates of violence rise. Self-isolation can amplify the abuser’s ability to restrict their victim’s freedom and leave them at heightened risk.
To protect our communities, our homes and our people, it’s important we share information on how to report domestic abuse. As one of our residents, you and our neighbourhood teams are the ‘eyes and ears’ of our communities. It is your intervention that can prevent the risk of harm or further harm against a victim of abuse.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse or concerned about someone experiencing domestic abuse call the Police on 101, or in cases of an emergency and threat to life 999
You can also speak to the following organisations to get help and advice:
Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge
0808 200 0247
Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)
0800 999 5428
Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
0808 802 9999
If you are worried that you may hurt someone you love, you can get help to avoid that:
Freephone 0808 8024040