Campaign launched to raise awareness of safety planning for families experiencing domestic abuse during covid-19

29 April 2020 Posted by

Safer Cornwall have launched a campaign to raise awareness of safety measures families can put in place if they are experiencing domestic abuse during this time. This is to mitigate the increased risks of domestic abuse in this period as the Lockdown has serious impacts on the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

The campaign aims to provide communities with brief and easy to follow tips on how to increase safety at home and reassure communities that vital services are still available to support adults and children during this time.

Laura Ball, Cornwall Council, Strategy Lead for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence said: “We know that under the current physical distancing/isolating requirements there is a substantial risk that people are living in a much more pressured environment with their abusers. We are doing everything we can to provide people with information on how they can increase their safety, whether they decide to leave their abuser or not.

The campaign is being rolled out via digital media and the Safer Cornwall website. It provides example safety plans, safety apps that are available, information for staying safe at home and what to do if risk escalates.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We know that domestic abuse and sexual violence are very complicated issues and there is no easy fix for everyone. We want to provide some brief and easy to follow tips on how safety can be increased at home and highlight that services are still available if people wish to reach out for support.”

The campaign launched on the 14th April with 6 key safety tips being posted via social media and on the Safer Cornwall website daily. Safer Cornwall will continue to raise awareness through this campaign and others, while Lockdown is in place, to ensure people can access the help and support they need.

Safety Tips:

  • You can leave your house to access support and safety
  • If you are in immediate danger call 999
  • Tell someone you trust and create a safety net around you
  • If safe, have a ‘Get up and go bag’ hidden if you need to escape quickly, with all of your essential items
  • Have a safe room in the house you can escape to and alert your neighbours

Safer Cornwall is also supporting the National Domestic Abuse Campaign which launched on the 11th April highlighting that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, they are still able to leave and seek refuge. The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, will create a community around those affected by domestic abuse and reassure victims that support remains available.

The cross-government definition of Domestic Abuse is: “Any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes:

Psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, stalking, So-called ‘honour’-based or ‘honour’ violence and forced marriage and Female genital mutilation.”

Local resources/help

If you need help services are still available.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. The police are still responding to domestic abuse as a priority during this time.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence please contact:

Cornwall’s Domestic Abuse Service

saferfutures@firstlight.org.uk

0300 777 4777

To make a referral please go to
https://saferfutures.org.uk/online-referral/

Alternatively, you can also access refuge and support via Cornwall Refuge Trust:

https://www.cornwallrefugetrust.co.uk/

24 hour Helpline: (01872) 225629

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