We are proud to be backing the government’s #YouAreNotAlone campaign to support victims of domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis.
Whilst it is essential that the vast majority of people stay home to protect the NHS and save lives, we recognise that lockdown restrictions are increasing the danger to those who are victims of domestic abuse.
We have provided information on our website that raises awareness of the advice and support available and most importantly, to reinforce the message that those suffering from abuse are not on their own.
Sue Lewis, Head of Supported Housing at Together Housing Group, said: “Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses people are under. There is never any excuse for domestic abuse.
“We are backing #YouAreNotAlone to show solidarity and support for victims of abuse and to help to reach out to those who are at risk, including promoting the Government’s message that they can still leave home to get the support that they need.”
Domestic abuse takes many forms, from physical and sexual to emotional and psychological, to other forms of coercive control, and it’s not always obvious to the outsider. Our information explains this and helps people recognise the signs.
Sue said: “Abuse often happens behind closed doors and is even worse during this time when people are having to stay at home. However, as a community-based organisation, we can look out for those who need help, alongside friends, family and the wider community. Helping victims of this horrendous crime is everyone’s business and we recognise that we have an important part to play in that too.”
At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services are available. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system and call 999 and then press 55.
She added: “Of course, safeguarding isn’t limited to domestic abuse. While high-stress home environments can increase the risk of abuse from a partner or family member, it’s not just those close to us that can prey on the vulnerable.
“Children may spend more time online, making them targets for online bullying, sexual grooming and exploitation. Others are taking advantage of vulnerable people through things like fraud and scams. Our toolkit offers advice to stay safe online and tips to avoid falling victim to fraud.”
For more information visit www.togetherhousing.co.uk/safeguarding-toolkit