Experts in preventing domestic abuse and working with survivors have issued a reminder about ways to report an issue during the latest coronavirus lockdown.
The nationally-accredited Safer Neighbourhoods Team at believe housing is urging people not to let the coronavirus lockdown this winter become an excuse for domestic abuse to go unreported. A number of methods to report domestic abuse are available at any time, for victims, or anyone who is concerned about the wellbeing of a friend, neighbour or relative.
Anyone in immediate danger should always call 999. There is even a ‘silent solution’ available for anyone who can’t speak. Simply dial 999 and you will be prompted to press 55 to be connected straight to the police if you can’t talk to the operator.
Karen Gardner, Safer Neighbourhoods Manager at believe housing, said: “Even in these really difficult times, nobody should have to suffer abuse in their own home. I’d urge anyone struggling with domestic abuse to report it, regardless of the circumstances we’re all living through at the moment. There are still other options and help is still available for victims.”
believe housing has Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance accreditation and has been highlighted nationally for the quality of support and advice available to victims of domestic abuse. The Safer Neighbourhoods Team at believe housing is available on 0300 1311 999.
Other organisations who can offer support to survivors, include Harbour on 03000 20 25 25, Wear Valley Women’s Aid on 01388 600094 and the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247, which are all still operating throughout the coronavirus outbreak too.
A purpose-built mobile phone app is also available for anyone who is suffering domestic abuse, which will help them to record incidents and also help to identify support that is available.