Government actions to support Domestic Abuse victims during COVID-19

The Home Secretary has set out what actions the Government is taking to support Domestic Abuse victims

What action are we taking?

• We are providing £2 million in funding to immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support. The Home Office is working with charities and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner to ensure this money is being spent where most effective and that frontline charities and
organisations have the help they need.

• Launching an awareness campaign demonstrating that help is available at any time. From this week, adverts will be running across social media showing where people can get help and materials will be made available to wide range of partners including charities and supermarkets.

How can people access help?

• Help is available via a 24 hour freephone helpline, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline- 0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge) and online www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

• Use the Silent Solution option in emergencies. Anybody requiring urgent medical or police assistance are encouraged to call 999. For those at risk, unable to say over the phone what help is needed, they should stay on the line and when prompted by the operator dial 55. This will let the emergency services know that it is a Domestic Abuse incident and does not put the victim at risk.

How can you help?

• Share campaign materials and helpline numbers on your social media and with any relevant groups. You can find materials here https://www.dropbox.com/…/2ldeo7…/AACN1t1dDsXb1wb2coyQvLIOa…

• Show your support for the #YouAreNotAlone campaign and encourage others to do the same. You can show your support by again sharing the above materials and/ or a photo of a heart on the palm of your hand to show victims they are not alone and to let perpetrators know their behaviour is unacceptable in any circumstances. Don’t forget to use the #YouAreNotAlone

• Encourage local charities and service providers to bid for funding as part of the Government’s £750 million boost to the Charity Sector. When the scheme is up and running in the coming weeks, encourage organisations in your constituency that provide support vulnerable people and offer key services to bid for support.

• Put a poster in your window. Create a poster for your window, sharing the freephone helpline information along with a handprint (or outline of a hand) and the message #YouAreNotAlone. Encourage others to do the same to get the message out across your communities.