Domestic Abuse and the Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Domestic abuse victims are still allowed to leave home

Domestic abuse victims are allowed to leave home to seek help at refuges despite rules to stop coronavirus spreading, the home secretary has said.

* Updated 3rd May*

Article on BBC News - 29th March 2020

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Priti Patel said current restrictions telling people to stay indoors are even harder for people whose "home is not the safe haven it should be".

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations may be able to help.

If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge is for women experiencing domestic abuse, their family, friends and others calling on their behalf.

Phone: 0808 2000 247

The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Men's Advice Line

Men's Advice Line offers confidential advice for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner.

Phone: 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am-5pm)

Visit the Men's Advice Line website

Help at Boots

People living with domestic abuse will be able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacies.

Those needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact services for help and advice.

Read more here

Update from Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall) *8th April 2020*

We know that some people are concerned about friends, family and neighbours who might be suffering domestic abuse – whether that is violence, being threatened or someone controlling their behaviour.

Victims of domestic abuse may well feel there is nowhere to turn to for help and nowhere to go right now if they want to leave an abusive relationship.

We have been talking to our partners, a range of charities that support domestic abuse victims and our local councils. Their message is that refuges are still open and accommodation, advice and support is still available for people who need help.

A list of organisations ready to help people in Walsall are:

Black Country Women’s Aid
01922 649569
www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

Walsall Council Housing

01922 652250

Adult Social Care

0300 555 2922.

Children's Social Care

01922 658170

A full list of regional charities can be found on our website: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/domestic-abuse

We also know that children often suffer in households where there is domestic abuse. If you are concerned about a child, you can get advice, Live Chat our staff and report abuse to us using this link - https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/child-abuse

Alternatively you can talk to the NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, they should dial 999 and we will get officers to them as soon as possible. If they cannot talk they can make a silent 999 call by typing 55 after the call is answered.

Domestic abuse can be reported to us using our website https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/. It’s easy to use and could be safer than calling.

Anyone can webchat our staff easily via the website for help and advice without having to talk to someone on the phone.

Together we are a community – let’s spread the message that no victim is alone.