Released on 22 April 2020 Archived Press Release
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is warning of increases in domestic violence abuse during the coronavirus lockdown.
While families are requested to spend time indoors together, the lockdown may make victims more frightened to speak out or unable to access support, with a greater risk of suffering abuse, especially if this means they spend an extended period of time with the perpetrator of the abuse.
The District Council is urging people to call for help if they need it.
The Domestic Abuse support service 'Refuge' and helpline remain open to provide information and support on 0800 408 1552 or in an emergency please call 999.
Social distancing rules do not prevent someone who is experiencing or at risk of being abused from leaving their home and seeking help, particularly if they are in danger. Refuges remain open and police will provide support to all individuals being abused.
Abuse needn't just be physical; it can also take the form of psychological, emotional, financial and online harm too. As we all come together to help our local communities, you can play a small part in protecting family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, who you may suspect are suffering at the hands of an abuser.
Cllr Sarah Whalley-Hoggins, Community Portfolio says: "At this difficult time it is important that everyone knows that there is a huge amount of support available to those who find themselves victims of domestic abuse. Domestic Abuse is never acceptable in any circumstance but it is perhaps even more terrifying for victims when they are living in such close proximity to the perpetrators. Please be assured that victims of Domestic Abuse are an absolute priority for the Police and support agencies."
If you are suffering abuse:
Remember you are not alone. Domestic abuse is never ok and you do not need to suffer in silence. Help is at hand and support services continue to be available across Warwickshire during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are in immediate danger:
Always call 999 in an emergency; if you are unable to speak on the phone, there are systems in place to connect you to the right service:
If you are a concerned relative, friend or neighbour, Refuge, the Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service has pulled together a list of tips and advice to look out for, if you are suspicious that a neighbour or loved one is suffering from domestic abuse.
Always help them to be discrete so that their partner or family members do not find out and they can keep safe.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575