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Good neighbours can be lifesavers for abuse victims

Good neighbours can be lifesavers for abuse victims

Domestic abuse

With so many residents having to remain at home for most of the time in this current climate, it is more important than ever that we look after one another where we can.

Ealing Council would like to assure any residents suffering domestic abuse, there continues to be a solution, despite the coronavirus restrictions. The council is still providing sufferers with full support and advice.

It was also recently announced by government that anyone experiencing domestic abuse could leave home to seek help, even under the current restrictions on movement.

But, there is not always a place to run or a friend to call, which is why it can be a lifesaver to be a caring neighbour.

If you have concerns about things you are seeing or hearing the advice is to dial 999. It is hard to know when to intervene, and never put yourself in a compromised situation where you feel unsafe. But, call for assistance if you have genuine concern, it could save lives.

‘Do not hesitate to reach out for help’

Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, the council’s cabinet member for community safety and inclusion, said: “This is understandably a worrying time for those trapped inside with their abuser, particularly if their behaviour could be aggravated by the current COVID-19 situation. I would like to make clear that there continues to be a solution, with help at hand.

“We have a committed workforce and dedicated local domestic abuse services continuing to maintain and deliver a high level of support to those suffering domestic abuse. So, if any resident feels they are in an unsafe situation, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.”

There are many types of domestic abuse, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. It can be controlling, coercive, threatening or violent.

Get help or advice

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 you make choices about your safety.

Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/domesticviolence for full information on local help groups, partner organisations and support lines.

If you are concerned for your immediate safety, call the police on 999 and press 55 when prompted if you cannot speak.