At METRO, we are concerned about the rise in domestic violence cases during this period of lockdown and know that it is more difficult for victims and survivors of domestic abuse to seek support, especially if they live with their abusers.
The Government has been very clear that it does not expect domestic abuse survivors to stay with a perpetrator because of lockdown. There are support services available to help people; and good neighbours need to be listening and looking out for signs of domestic violence and take action by calling the police if you think someone is in danger.
Women's Aid advises people to try to keep a mobile phone with them at all times if possible. The police are a key service when in immediate danger. People should not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency. Also, make people aware of:
- The Silent Solution system: for people who are afraid they might be overhead when making a 999 call. 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. Click here to find out more.
- The HollieGuard app: This app turns a smartphone into a personal safety device. It works with iPhone, Android and Windows phones.
Organisations that can help:
Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge - open 24/7 365 days per year
Tel: 0808 200 0247 www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people)
Tel: 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line
Tel: 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
Tel: 0808 802 9999 www.rapecrisis.org.uk