Recent measures announced by the Government to tackle COVID-19, such as ordering people to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses anyone is under. Public Health England has been working with the charity sector and the police to ensure that these support services remain open to anyone affected by domestic abuse during this challenging time.
A campaign At home shouldn’t mean at risk of domestic abuse has been launched to highlight the help and support available including how anyone in immediate danger should call 99 and ask of the police. If they are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, they should call 999 and then press 55 where relevant police force who will assist them without the person having to speak.
Full details about the support available to victims of domestic abuse.
Women’s Aid has also produced a safety and support resources for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members in 15 different languages, including British Sign Language resource.