Victims who are at risk of experiencing physical and emotional abuse during the COVID-19 outbreak are being urged to reach out for support.
The call comes amid fears that some people living in abusive households may not seek help due to being confined indoors - as the coronavirus pandemic makes home life more stressful.
However, there are services in Trafford providing support to those who need it – and people are being encouraged to ask for help throughout this challenging time.
Samantha Fisher, CEO at Trafford Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS), said
As isolation increases, so will the opportunity for perpetrators to control their victims – resulting in them having less contact with supportive family members.
Being at home may mean perpetrators can increase financial control, using the pandemic as an excuse or become more emotionally and psychologically abusive, criticising their parenting or stopping them receiving health care or even caring for a loved ones,” she added.
We know that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for victims to keep themselves and their children safe.
However, we offer flexible and creative support – including help to find accommodation - to anyone who requires it.”
The charity has created an online ‘safety plan’ for victims, family members and professionals, which can be accessed through its website.
Meanwhile, additional advice is to stay in touch with close family members and friends through Facebook groups, emails, texts and phone calls.
Jane Slater, Trafford Council’s executive member for Health, Wellbeing and Equalities, said that it is vital victims of domestic abuse know there is support available and how to access it.
Cllr Slater said:
During this period of heightened stress and anxiety it’s crucial that people reach out for help,” she said.
However, I know some may think that there is no escape from their abuser or are fearful of the repercussions.
But there are teams such as TDAS who are working around the clock offering support and assistance.
I would encourage anyone who needs help to contact them - day or night - you’re not alone.”
Call or text TDAS, only if it is safe to do so, on: 07534066029. Leave a message and you will be contacted within 24 working hours. Alternatively visit: https://www.tdas.org.uk/
Other support: National DVA helpline 0808 2000 247 | National Stalking helpline: 0808 802 0330
For silent calls to police – dial 999 – then 55.
Posted on Friday 3rd April 2020