Council’s pledge to domestic violence victims during lockdown
09 Apr 2020
You are not alone – that’s the message from Northumberland County Council to anyone who feels at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown.
The order for people to stay at home has raised concerns about adults and children being confined to their houses with abusive or controlling partners.
Victims of domestic abuse under self or household isolation could be in additional risk of abuse, trapped in their homes with their abusers and isolated from the people and resources that could help them.
The council is keen to reassure people that help and support is available for anyone who is experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse, where possible this will be over the phone or online.
Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health, said: “We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse.
“We want those people to know that there is still help available, and although this support may be different from before, the council will still strive to provide someone to speak with either over the phone or online.”
The council is encouraging residents to report abuse if they see or hear it. If a member of the public suspects someone is at risk of domestic abuse, they are advised not to approach the perpetrator about their behaviour, as this could escalate the abuse and put them in further danger. It is also important not to put yourself in a dangerous situation, and to contact the police with your concerns by dialing 999 and asking for the police.
Don’t forget - If you are in danger but unable to talk on the phone, please dial 999 followed by 55, and you will receive police assistance without having to speak.
Advice and support is available in Northumberland by calling: 01670 820199 or visiting: https://www.placesforpeople.co.uk/supported-living/domestic-abuse
Further support around domestic abuse and COVID-19 can be found at Safe Lives: http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19
Women's Aid also offers a confidential online chat service, available here: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk