Domestic abuse during Covid-19
Unfortunately staying at home and spending more time with partners during COVID-19 is not a happy experience for everyone. For victims of domestic abuse, more time at home, often means more time in danger and less opportunity to escape or seek help.
If you are experiencing any type of domestic abuse, including controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour, help is available to you. Anyone suffering from domestic abuse can call Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid helpline on 0808 800 0028.
The Domestic Abuse Hub, commissioned by us and run by BSWAID, is open for women at risk of being made homeless as a result of domestic abuse, this service can also be accessed on 0808 169 9604.
You can also call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline which is free to call on 0808 2000 247 (24 hours) or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327. Domestic abuse can be present in any household, it can affect people with a disability, people from BAME communities and citizens that identify as LGBT, help is available for everyone.
You can talk confidentially to someone about your situation and to find out what your options are.
As schools are closed, children are also spending lots more time at home. For children living with families where domestic abuse is present, this can be an especially frightening time. Childline has lots of information and a free helpline to support.
During this time please remember that lots of organisations are here to help keep you safe. If you know someone who might need help, stay connected with them and reassure them that:
- Domestic abuse services are still in operation
- Police response is business as usual
- Victims are not alone, and help is available through a number of Domestic Abuse organisations in the West Midlands providing support to victims.
- The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if someone needs to leave their home to escape domestic abuse.
Please remember, if you or someone else is in immediate danger OR if a crime is in progress. Please call 999 and ask for the police.