We know that as many people have been confined to home for an extended period of time and that this is stressful and can be an emotionally challenging time for all of us, but even more so for those who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse whether physical or mental.
We know already that isolation is a tactic used by perpetrators to control the person they are subjecting to domestic abuse. It is often used to block people’s routes to safety and support. Therefore, we understand some of the risks of a nationwide lock down for people experiencing domestic abuse. There is no excuse for domestic abuse, no matter the situation we find ourselves in.
If you and your children are experiencing domestic abuse, then know that you are not alone. Support is still available to you.
You can always contact our Neighbourhoods team at The Pioneer Group on 0121 748 8100 if you need to talk to someone about your home situation. We take concerns of domestic abuse very seriously and work closely with West Midlands Police to ensure all of our tenants are safe.
- Try to keep a mobile phone with you at all times possible, fully charged.
- If you are at immediate risk, call 999.
If you are scared that you might be overheard by the perpetrator, you can use the Silent System:
- Dial 999, then instead of speaking to the operator, press 55. To find out more click here.
Remember, if you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should inform the police, when you speak to them. This will not be a reason why they cannot offer to help.
You can also contact a number of national helplines via, email, text and live chat support services. Listed below are some useful numbers and websites where you can find some extra support.
Understanding what domestic violence and abuse is
Are you worried about a friend, family member or neighbour?
For useful information about safety planning and domestic abuse support you can read The Women’s Aid Handbook
If you are in a refuge, the Government have issued guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe accommodation settings which can be found HERE.
Refuges do not need to close unless directed to by Public Health England. If you or your children show symptoms whilst in a refuge, you should remain in your own room and follow the self-isolation guidance for households is HERE