Since the Coronavirus lockdown there has been a surge in reported domestic abuse cases across the country.
We have put together a list of local and nationwide organisations to help you if you or a loved one are experiencing domestic abuse.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to:
- coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
- economic abuse
- online abuse
- verbal abuse
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse
There is no excuse for this whatever the circumstances.
Where can I find help?
Local organisations in Bath & North East Somerset:
- 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247 - run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge
- Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care
- Southside - 01225 331243
- VOICES - 0808 2000 247
- Bath & North East Somerset Council
- Avon and Somerset Police - 101 (24 hours)
The Gov.Uk website has information and links to other organisations across the country.
If you think you are at risk of immediate harm please call 999.
Make Yourself Heard - The ‘Silent Solution’ system
The ‘Silent Solution’ system enables a 999 caller to inform the police that they are in a genuine emergency without having to speak to the operator.
If you need help urgently, but if you are too scared or unable to make a noise or speak, you can:
- Dial 999
- Listen to the questions from the 999 operator
- Respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can
- If prompted by the call operator, press 55. This lets the operator know it's a genuine emergency and you'll be put through to the police.