Domestic abuse victims urged not to suffer in silence
Following the announcement last week that lockdown is to continue for another three weeks, victims of domestic abuse in Redcar & Cleveland are being urged not to suffer in silence.
Extended periods of time spent at home can bring new pressures for everyone however the current situation will be particularly stressful for adults and children living with domestic abuse.
A new national campaign #YouAreNotAlone has been launched to help and reassure domestic abuse sufferers that support is available during the coronavirus lockdown.
The public are being asked to show solidarity for domestic abuse victims by drawing a heart on the palm of their hand, taking a picture and sharing it on social media.
It is hoped that the campaign will show victims that they are not alone and to convey to perpetrators that domestic abuse is unacceptable in any circumstances.
Cleveland Police are urging victims to report abuse by calling 101, or in an emergency 999. If victims are afraid to speak, they can cough or dial 55 once connected and call handlers will know assistance is needed.
Cllr Steve Kay, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Welfare, said: “This is an extremely difficult and worrying time for everyone however adults and children living with domestic abuse will be especially anxious.
“I would encourage all of our residents to support the #YouAreNotAlone campaign to show perpetrators of domestic abuse that it isn't acceptable, under any circumstances, and let domestic abuse victims and their families know that they are not alone.
“The Council works closely with a number of organisations in relation to domestic abuse and although the way they are working has changed, they are still on hand to help people who need support.
“If you are a neighbour, friend, colleague or family member and are aware someone might be at risk or you have concerns, please report them to the numbers below."
The Council is promoting the following contact details for services around Redcar and Cleveland while reminding people to call 999 or 101 if they need to report an immediate risk. Support is also available by contacting the 24-hour domestic abuse helpline number – 0808 2000247 – operated by Refuge.
For those experiencing domestic abuse:
For people behaving abusively:
For people who have experienced rape and other sexual offences:
- SARC Teesside, via the Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 01642 516888
- Arch on 01642 822331
Additionally, anyone who has concerns about adults or children can contact the council's Adult Access Team or Children & Families Services on 01642 771500.