Are you frightened of more than just the Coronavirus?

Are you frightened of more than just the Coronavirus?

Living with an abusive partner or family member is difficult at the best of times but being stuck in the home together, at a time of stress, could be even more frightening than usual.

It is important to look out for friends and family who may be suffering from abuse.

If you are worried about someone who may stuck in a house with a possible controlling or abusive partner or family member, could you call them to check how they are?

No-one should be afraid of a loved one and no-one has the right to control someone else.

Local domestic abuse support services have plans in place to ensure they can continue.

Ways to get help:

  • If you need help for domestic abuse (both women and men in North Somerset) call the Domestic Abuse FreeFone Service (DAFFS): 0800 694 9999 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm).
  • If you think your own behaviour might be abusive and want to change this, visit Respect or call the Respect phone line: 0808 802 4040 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
  • If you are concerned that someone else is being abused then call Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information
  • Women’s Aid and Refuge run a 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247 (for women only)
  • Male victims of domestic abuse can call the confidential Mankind helpline: 01823 334 244 (10am-4pm)
  • The Men’s Advice Line – on 0808 801 0327 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm) – offers confidential advice, information and listening support for men who have experienced domestic abuse
  • Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse is available from 0800 999 5428
  • Love Respect is aimed at 16-25-year-olds to show what is and isn’t a healthy relationship
  • Call the Samaritans’ 24-hour line on 116 123.

To see a round-up of all support and discussion forums visit www.saferstrongerns.co.uk/domesticabuse

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