Domestic Abuse reports up by 25%


Most of us will be feeling pressure, anxiety and worry following the implementation of the government’s measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. These measures, whilst being necessary to prevent the virus from escalating, have meant that we are spending the majority of our time cooped up in our homes, only able to leave for daily exercise or purchasing essential food. As a result, those who are at risk of or are suffering from domestic violence, are now isolated in their homes with their abusers making them even more vulnerable during this crisis.


Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any form. If you are feeling at risk there are still specialist services available that can help and support you through this time.


At Nelson Myatt we will be here, at the end of the phone to assist you or to signpost you to the best available help.


Below are a number of useful links.

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/

www.supportline.org.uk

https://www.familylives.org.uk/

www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse


Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency.

Remember the Silent Solution system. This is a system for victims of domestic abuse who might be afraid of further danger and escalation of harm if they are overheard when calling 999 in an emergency.


When somebody calls 999, an operator will ask which emergency service is required. If the caller is unable to audibly signal to the operator, the call will be forwarded to an operating system.


If 55 is pressed by the caller, the system will detect this. The operator will then transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.

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