The orders to stay at home and keep away from family and friends are challenging for everyone. However, it can be additionally challenging for people in violent and abusive relationships. The added stresses of lockdown also mean that people who have not previously been victims may also find themselves subject to domestic abuse. The simple message is there is no excuse for domestic abuse and every incident is one too many.
If you have been a victim of domestic abuse you can call police on 101 or make a report via the Warwickshire Police website. If you are in immediate danger, dial 999. If you don’t want to contact police, there is still help available.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe funds jointly with Warwickshire County Council the Warwickshire Domestic Violence Centre, which is run by national charity Refuge, who provide support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse across the county. They continue to provide valuable help to people through the Domestic Abuse helpline on 0800 408 1552.
You can also get lots of advice and information on Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse website at www.talk2someone.org.uk.
Being at home shouldn’t mean being at risk, so please, do not suffer in silence.