Coronavirus and domestic abuse

Supporting people experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse

The measures taken over recent months to tackle the coronavirus have seen people’s day-to-day life drastically alter. These changes are essential to beat coronavirus and protect the NHS, but are requiring families to spend unusually high amounts of time together at home.

The economic effects of the pandemic are also causing hardship, anxiety and placing additional stress on individuals and families.

The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses people are under.

Domestic abuse is more than physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to:

  • coercive control
  • economic abuse
  • online abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • and/or sexual abuse

If you or anyone you know is worried about or experiencing domestic abuse, services remain open and we have extended the availability of specialist help, support and advice on the following telephone number:

Call Worth Domestic Abuse Service: 0330 222 8181 (Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm) or 07834 968539 (weekends, including Bank Holidays, 9am - 5pm)

Silent 999 service

If you need urgent police help, but are unable to speak, follow these steps to access the silent 999 service:

  1. Dial 999
  2. Listen to the question from the 999 operator
  3. Respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can
  4. If prompted, press 55.  This lets the 999 operator know that it is a genuine emergency and you'll be put through to the police.

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