With an increasing number of people working from home and anxious about the implications of the current climate on their health, finances and jobs, there is an increased risk in the level of domestic abuse rising.
In response to this change in working behaviour, domestic abuse support services have adapted the way they deliver support, so they are as accessible as possible by telephone and email (if it is safe to do so) and would like to draw attention to the range of online key information, help and advice below.
Safer North Hampshire has many helpful tips, including those on safety planning - thinking through different scenarios for how a domestic incident may begin, so that those involved can be prepared and able to react in the best way.
Councillor Stuart Bailey, Cabinet Member for Community says:
“These are unprecedented times and we are working hard to support our vulnerable residents as much as we can. I would urge anyone, whether victim or perpetrator to make use of online and telephone support if they feel they are personally at risk. There are trained staff available to help you and take the pressure off before things get out of hand.”
For those who are aware that a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague are living with domestic abuse, if it is safe to do so, please speak to the person and discuss how you could support them in keeping safe. We will also be supporting our residents via social media, so do share these messages with those at risk if you can.
Useful local contact details:
Stop Domestic Abuse (Hampshire): 0330 0165112; email email@example.com
Hampton Trust (perpetrator interventions): 02380 009898; www.hamptontrust.org.uk
Hart District Council housing options: 01252 774420; www.hart.gov.uk
Citizens Advice Hart: 03444 111 306; www.citizensadvicehart.org.uk
National domestic abuse helplines and websites:
24-hour domestic abuse helpline (female victims): 0808 2000247; www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Male advice line: 0808 8010327; www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Mankind initiative: 01823 334244; www.mankind.org.uk