Lockdown will impact Domestic Abuse charities

Since the start of the lockdown due to the pandemic, domestic violence charities have reported a steady increase in contact for their help.

The effect of being locked down with your abuser can increase tensions within your home and restrictions on people’s movement,  because of orders to stay indoors, removes ways for individuals to escape abuse.  This increase in vulnerability makes it far harder to make the calls for help when needed.

Police are continuing to encourage those who are facing abuse at home to report their experiences to them and to seek support from the domestic abuse services.

There is also the Silent Solutions system, a system promoted by the Police and Women’s Aid which can help victims of domestic abuse who fear further danger and harm if overheard when calling the police. The system works when somebody calls 999, an operator will ask which emergency service is required. If the caller is unable to audibly signal to the operator, the call will be forwarded to an operating system.

If 55 is pressed by the caller, the system will detect this. The operator will then transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency. Further details are available here.

There are many amazing charities and organisations which you can access if you are experiencing domestic violence. All of them are adapting to working during the pandemic which means many of them can only offer phone and internet help due to the lockdown policies, but there is help there.

Castlehill has an info sheet which has ways of accessing these services here.

You are not alone – please contact one of these services if you need to.