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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT DURING LOCK DOWN

Posted by Devenia Besant on 05 May 2020

Domestic violence: There is help and support available within the area during the Coronavirus Lock Down

The Coronavirus lock down has been a particularly stressful and upsetting time for all of us, however for those suffering from domestic abuse within their homes the lock down has applified their terrifying, tormenting and often deadly day to day living situation.

According to the UKs largest domestic abuse charity, Refuge, there has been a horrifying 700% increase in calls to their helplines in one single day alone.

Last year, the police made nearly 226’000 arrests for domestic violence related offences (Office for National Stats). However as domestic abuse is often a hidden crime which is not always reported it is estimated that there are significantly more victims than published in the report.

What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can take various forms including:
Physical
Sexual
Emotional
Financial
Verbal

If you or someone you know maybe suffering from domestic abuse then there is help and support available within the area.

Below is a comprehensive list of helplines and support groups dedicated to victims of domestic violence.

SURREY AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE.
01483 776822
www.surreyagainstda.info

Encompasses all services within Surrey.
Offering information on domestic abuse helplines and support.

NORTH SURREY DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES.
01932 260690
www.nsdas.org.uk

Districts covered: Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne.
Offering information on:
Housing,
Keeping Safe,
Welfare Benefits,
Civil orders,
Legal Support,
Emotional Support.

EAST SURREY DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES
01737 771350 (9am-4pm Mon-Fri)
www.esdas.org.uk
email: support@esdas.org.uk
SMS: 07860039720

Districts covered: Reigate & Banstead including Epsom Downs and Tattenhams, Mole Valley and Tandridge.
Offering information on:
Legal Rights,
Housing Options,
Access to Benefits,
Financial and debt advice,
Councelling,
Children’s Needs.

SUTTON WOMEN’S CENTRE.
020 8661 1991
info@suttonwomen.co.uk
3 Palmerston Road, Sutton, SM1 4QL

A centre for abused women in the heart of Sutton, which was founded in 1985.
Services are free of charge and include:
Counselling,
Mother and Toddler Creche,
IT Training,
Entry onto the Freedom Programme
PLEASE BE AWARE SOME SERVICES ARE AFFECTED BY COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

BROKEN WINDOW
0300 999 5428
www.brokenwindow.org.uk

National LGBT domestic violence helpline which provides support for victims of domestic abuse within the LGBT community.
Mon: 2pm-8pm
Weds: 10am-5pm
Thurs: 2pm-8pm

USEFUL CONTACTS:

REFUGE
www.refuge.org.uk

WOMEN’S AID
www.womensaid.org.uk

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
www.surreycc.gov.uk/domesticabuse

SURREY DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE
01483 776822 (24hrs)

CRIME STOPPERS
0800 551 111

SURREY FAMILIES INFORMATION SERVICES
0300 200 1004

SAMARITANS (24HRS)
01372 375555
01737 248444

NATIONAL DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE (24HRS)
0808 2000 247

GALOP (LGBTQ COMMUNITY)
0800 999 5428

HESTIA: BRIGHT SKY
Provide a FREE mobile app called Bright Sky providing support for victims of domestic abuse.

USEFUL TIPS:

THE HOUSE HOLD ISOLATION INSTRUCTION AS A RESULT OF CORONAVIRUS DOES NOT APPLY IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME TO ESCAPE DOMESTIC ABUSE

If planning to leave an abusive relationship always pack the following:
Passports
Birth Certificates
Drivers Licence
Medical Details
Essential clothes for yourself and children
Mortgage Details
Marriage Certificate
Financial Details eg bank cards, national insurance number, council tax bill

Log times and dates of abuse.

Always keep text messages or voicemails of an abusive nature.

Speak to your GP, Nurse or Health Visitor with injuries sustained so it can be logged.

All of this can be used as evidence in a court of law.

Domestic Abuse is a potentially fatal crime. If you or someone you know is in danger please contact 999 immediately.

For more information and guidance on the Coronavirus and Domestic Abuse visit:
www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help

Stay safe,

Kat xx

 
Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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