Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

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Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus have seen people’s day-to-day lives drastically altered. Here we show five day’s worth of posts we sent out last month…

Day 5

Want further support about Domestic Abuse and other matters affecting families during the Covid-19 crisis?

The Ministry of Defence has published an information sheet with details of where to turn for advice with domestic abuse, as well as information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus:

Front cover of an MOD booklet - Domestic Abuse, Useful Resources

Domestic Abuse – More Resources

In an emergency, always call 999

Day 4

Domestic Abuse – Make Yourself Heard

We know that the order to stay home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you. The police have produced a guide on What to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak:

Image of linked flyer headed: What to do if you need urgent policy help through the 999 service, but can't speak.

Making Yourself Heard: the Silent Solution

Always ring 999 in an emergency

Day 3

Worried About Domestic Abuse?

If you believe you are being abused, or worried you may commit domestic abuse, there is help available.  If you suspect that someone in your community may be a victim of domestic abuse, we encourage you to report it to the police.

More information including a list of useful contacts is available here:  

  • Domestic Abuse – Help is Available (click on image to download the booklet):
Front cover of the MOD's booklet called Domestic Abuse - Help is available

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police

Day 2

You Are Not Alone – there is no excuse for domestic abuse

The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.

If you’re worried or suspect that someone you know, including a colleague, may be at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, you can get more information on how to help at the GOV.UK page on Domestic Abuse.​

Screenshot of GOV.UK's Report domestic abuse.

The Home Office recently launched its #YouAreNotAlone campaign to remind people that help is still available for those experiencing domestic abuse.

Screenshot of the At Home Shouldn't Mean At Risk video clip.

In an emergency, always call 999.

Day 1

We know that the order to stay home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you.  The Ministry of Defence published its Domestic Abuse Strategy , ‘No Defence for Abuse in 2018.  It has recently been updated and includes an insightful introduction from The Rt Hon Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans:

Defence Domestic Abuse Strategy (downloadable booklet below)

Front cover of the Defence Domestic Abuse Strategy 2018-2023

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can contact the National Helpline for Domestic Abuse: 0808 2000 247 

If you are worried about the way you are treating someone you live with, or want to break the cycle of abuse, Respect have a helpline available: 0808 802 4040 

​Domestic abuse services and refuges for are still open: if you’re experiencing abuse and need somewhere to make a call, Boots UK and UK Says No More have launched Safe Spaces (www)​. You can ask to use the consultation room if you need somewhere to think or to call a helpline. 

Screenshot banner of the Safe Spaces locations

In an emergency, always call 999.

Story image by Toimetaja tõlkebüroo on Unsplash

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