You are not alone
2020 - May, Latest news
The Government has launched a public awareness campaign highlighting that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, help is still available. The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, will aim to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain open during this difficult time.
It will encourage members of the general public to show their solidarity and support for those who may be suffering, by sharing government digital content or a photo of a heart on their palm, and asking others to do the same, to show victims that they are not alone and to convey to perpetrators that domestic abuse is unacceptable in any circumstances.Additionally, the Home Secretary announced that the Home Office is working with charities and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner to provide an additional £2 million to immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support.
We know that COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women and children. Survivors may feel unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator. We want to reassure survivors that we are here for you and we will be doing everything we can to support you during this challenging time. Try and keep a mobile phone with you at all times if possible. The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency.
Support is available through the freephone, 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247 – run by Refuge, and through our ASB Toolkit dictated Domestic Abuse page, with helpful links to support groups and on reach charities