Domestic violence and self-isolating concerns
As the government has now advised people to stay indoors as much as they can, of course this has raised concern from domestic violence groups for what this means for victims.
End Violence Against Women Coalition told HuffPost UK. “The many ramifications of the outbreak may also mean that women and their children could find it even harder to access safety and specialist support.”
Home is not always a safe place for many women/men and children. The frustration of not being able to go into work could in fact elevate an abuser’s temper. So, what does this mean for the victims? What can they do? If you feel that you are in this exact position, please see my advice below.
Victims of such horrid behaviour must ACT NOW. There are many forums, platforms, helplines and refuges that can help you during this time. Of course, you can contact us on 0203 887 8740 or firstname.lastname@example.org and I can guide you on who to contact for emergency safety. Thankfully Women’s Aid has confirmed that refuges are ‘preparing for women and children contracting the virus whilst living there – ensuring they can self-isolate from other residents.’
- Women for Refugee Women, have provided a new source of contact for support – this will now be via email, telephone, text on online. I encourage you to act fast and make your compromised safety at home known.
- The National Domestic Abuse Helpline provides an online forum to support victims in this extreme time of need. People who are friends or family of a victim and are also anxious/concerned, can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for reassurance of their encouraging protection. 0808 2000 247, which is open 24/7 365 days per year, or via their website.
- Chayn is another platform that will provide an online chat – to encourage victims of domestic abuse to discuss their depression and anxiety of going into self-isolation. You can also use this platform to discuss financial anxieties and concerns.
- In Scotland, contact Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234.
- In Northern Ireland, contact the 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414.
- In Wales, contact the 24 hour Life Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.
- National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428.
- Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327.
- Respect helpline (for anyone worried about their own behaviour): 0808 802 0321.
If you are still unsure on who to contact and would like additional support – please contact us today on 0203 887 8740 or on email at email@example.com.
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