WSAB – Domestic Abuse and Covid-19
During the Covid-19 pandemic nationally and locally we have seen an increase in Domestic Abuse.
In response to this the following resources have been put in place:
- Domestic abuse victims – there is now a freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247 – run by @RefugeCharity
- #YouAreNotAlone campaign assets have produced some posters encouraging victims to find a way to leave the situation and can be accessed here – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ldeo76tr71n7uv/AACN1t1dDsXb1wb2coyQvLIOa?dl=0
- Public Health England have also published posters which can be found via this link PHE Domestic Abuse Resources
- SafeLives have created this link through which people can silently access support: http://www.safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19
- Women’s Aid have issued the following advice for survivors during this difficult time@ https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-safety-advice-for-survivors/
- Locally Women’s Aid have produced the following leaflet which also provides advice on how to deal with domestic abuse during the current Covid-19 situation where social distancing and self-isolating can increase the risk: https://www.safeguardingworcestershire.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/DA-Worcestershire-Leaflet.pdf
- The Local Government Association have also produced some guidance for Councils. Alongside providing advice on how Local Authorities can provide support and some useful resource links, it includes a section on the role of Safeguarding Adults Boards .
The briefing can be found here: https://www.safeguardingworcestershire.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/DA-guide-V7-22nd-April-FINAL.pdf
- The following leaflets have been produced to give advice to survivors and to people in the community on how to address Domestic Abuse at this difficult time:
The domestic abuse helpline for Worcestershire is: 0800 980 3331