This time of year, as the ‘festive season’ comes upon us, we can see an increased tension in homes. This is especially true during these difficult COVID-19 days. As a result, cases of domestic violence can rise.
But do not suffer in silence – help is at hand.
Reflecting the heightened pressures of this time of year, the national 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Ealing Council is continuing to offer full support, help and advice to any residents suffering domestic abuse.
With government instructions to stay at home until Wednesday, 2 December, it is a particularly difficult time for those stuck indoors facing domestic abuse at home.
If you are afraid of someone with whom you have had, or are having, a close personal relationship, whether they live with you or not, you are entitled to support and information to help keep you safe at home.
- In an emergency always call 999 – and press 55 when prompted if you cannot speak.
- You can report any incident of domestic violence at any police station. If it is not an emergency, you can also telephone 101 to speak to the police.
- Social services may be able to help and advise you about your situation and support you in finding accommodation. All services are currently operating. However, staff are working from home and contact is by phone, email or other virtual methods.
- If you have already received support from either adults’ or children’s social services, your social worker will be able to help and advise you.
Visit the council’s domestic abuse help page for full information on help groups, partner organisations and support lines. But these include:
- Advance – provides a service to both male and female victims / survivors of domestic abuse
- Southall Black Sisters – provides a specialist service to women from BME communities
- The Eastern European Service – provides a specialist service to female victims from Eastern European Communities
- The Women’s Wellness Zone – provides a service for women with complex needs, including domestic abuse.
Support a friend if they are being abused
If you are concerned about someone you know, there is guidance available to help. It includes numbers that individuals can contact, including the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, Women’s Aid, Men’s Advice Line, Galop, Hestia and Chayn. It could prove to be a lifesaver.
Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, the council’s cabinet member for community safety and inclusion, said: “You can get help during a national lockdown. Please do not suffer in silence. Any resident who feels they are in danger, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.”