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COVID-19 – Support for domestic abuse victims

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The Home Secretary launched a new public awareness raising campaign highlighting that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, help is still available.

The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, will aim to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain available during this difficult time.

It will encourage members of the general public to show their solidarity and support for those who may be suffering, by sharing government digital content or a photo of a heart on their palm, and asking others to do the same, to show victims that they are not alone and to convey to perpetrators that domestic abuse is unacceptable in any circumstances.

The campaign will be publicising support available including the freephone, 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247 – run by Refuge, and www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.

Adverts raising awareness of where people can seek help will run across social media and materials will be made available to a wide range of partners including charities and supermarkets.

Additionally, the Home Secretary announced that the Home Office is working with charities and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner to provide an additional £2 million to immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support.

Welcome announcement

Partner at Morecrofts Solicitors and head of our domestic abuse team, Julie Waring, said: “It is a welcome announcement that the UK Government are investing £2M in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

“Both violent and controlling behavior have shown rises according to the 120% increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline.

“Now more than ever, we need to reach out and show those in vulnerable positions that there are people who can help them, and there are avenues they can take to escape their situation.”

Tools such as online support services, including a messaging service with domestic abuse experts, will help those most at risk of abuse seek support and help and guidance during periods when it might be difficult for them to talk on the phone.

Charity sector boost

This follows Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £750m boost to the charity sector, which will benefit domestic abuse charities, to support the most vulnerable in our society. This funding will support charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis. Domestic abuse charities are being urged to bid when the new scheme is up and running in the coming weeks.

Speaking at the Government’s daily coronavirus press conference on Saturday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Coronavirus has opened Britain’s enormous heart and shown our love and compassion for one another as we come together to help those most in need.

“I am now asking this nation to use that amazing compassion and community spirit to embrace those trapped in the horrific cycle of abuse. To help us all look out for those who need help, we have created a new campaign and we have created symbol of hope – a handprint with a heart on – so that people can easily show that we will not tolerate abuse as a society, and that we stand in solidarity with victims of domestic abuse.”

Julie Waring added: “I will be closely monitoring the progress of the funding, and I fully encourage as many northern charities as possible to put their hand up and be counted at this crucial time.

“Morecrofts will help in any way we can to support organisaitons.”

If you have any questions regarding domestic abuse, please call us on 0151 236 8871 or email info@morecrofts.co.uk – you can also fill in the contact form on our website by clicking here.

If it is safer, you can contact us via direct messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn.

Morecrofts will be sharing key information regarding support for victims of domestic abuse. Please keep an eye on the news section of our website daily.

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