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At home shouldn't mean at risk

At home shouldn't mean at risk

The Government’s guidance to stay at home may not be the safest option for some, as self-isolating with an abusive partner could raise the risk of domestic abuse with very little room to escape. Calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline have increased dramatically since the country went into lockdown.

As a result, the Government has launched a new campaign to reach out to those at risk from domestic abuse. The main message of the campaign is that the lockdown rules do not stop victims from leaving the house to access help. Refuges remain open, and the Police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused – whether physically, emotionally, or otherwise.

If you are in immediate danger, phone 999 and ask for the Police.

If you need to call the Police in an emergency but talking would put you in further danger, you can use The Silent Solution System. When you call 999, an operator will ask which emergency service you need. If you are unable to talk, hold the line until you hear the message “you are through to the police”. You should then press 55 – your call will be transferred to the local police force as an emergency.

The Silent Solution system only works on mobile.

If you are not in immediate danger, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

If you can’t call because your partner is in the home, you can still contact the Helpline via Refuge’s contact form found here.

Train companies are now offering free travel for people fleeing domestic abuse. Rail Delivery Group has announced a nation-wide partnership with Women’s Aid, allowing the organisation to book free travel for victims through the ‘rail to refuge’ scheme.   

For more information about domestic abuse and ways to get help, see the Government website

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