Where to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic. #YouAreNotAlone
COVID-19 may have a serious impact on the lives of women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. Fears over jobs, financial pressure, school closures, working from home and all the other current changes to our day to day lives are likely to result in an increase in domestic abuse incidents. Sadly domestic violence has increased since the start of the lockdown, there has been a 25% rise in phone calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline and visits to their website have gone up by 150% compared to the same time last year. If you are already living with domestic abuse, then the restrictions put in place by the government have probably left you fearful of being isolated in the house with your abuser fearing that there is nowhere to go for help. You may not be able to see the friends and family who usually support you, and some of the places where you go for help or treatment may be closed or offering a reduced service.
At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse isolation rules do not apply. Police response & support services remain available. Dial 999 if you are in danger and if you are not in a position to speak, press 55 and police controllers will know what to do.
While some domestic abuse support organisations are not able to offer face to face meetings at this time, there is still help and advice available online and over the phone. These local and national organisations are working hard to ensure they can still support you.
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service - 03300 165112 https://www.facebook.com/Southerndas/
Victim Care Service (Hampshire & Isle of Wight) – 0808 178 1641 www.hampshireiowvictimcare.co.uk
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 www.Nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Hampton Trust – 07496 135334 www.hamptontrust.org.uk
Aurora New Dawn – 023 9421 6816 www.aurorand.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
National LBGT & Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse
If you’re a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship, then call Childline on 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk