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We know that if you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like. You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you. Social distancing and isolation measures (such as working from home) that are necessary to control the spread of the virus may reinforce the power that an abuser has over you and your family.
Safe Lives have created a guide to Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe.
What is domestic violence and/or abuse?
Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or other abuse within an intimate or family-type relationship. It may include:
- Physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse
- Forced marriage
- Honour based violence
- Female genital mutilation
- Forced sex work
Everyone has the right to personal safety - so if you are worried it is never too late to seek help.
In an emergency please call 999, or for non-emergency matters requiring police assistance call 101.
A system set up for victims of domestic abuse who might be afraid of further danger if they are overheard calling 999. If you are unable to audibly signal to the operator press 55 and the operator will transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.
Support in Camden
Camden Safety Net is providing additional support such as more frequent contact with those at risk and developing dynamic safety plans. We know that victim/survivors and families of domestic abuse might feel more unsafe during this time, especially if they are self-isolating and staying at home with an abuser. This could include guidance such as enlisting help and support from trusted friends and/or neighbours, asking them to check in regularly if safe to do so and setting up code words or phrases with them, which would indicate police, should be contacted.
Following Public Health England and NHS guidelines changes have been made to how the service is currently delivered:
- We have suspended our training offer
- All our advocacy and safety planning will be done by telephone, email and/or text
- All counselling services will continue remotely
- IDSVAs will no longer be co-located throughout the community services
- Our duty service will continue to operate providing immediate advice and support via telephone or email
Other useful telephones are:
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
North London Rape Crisis – 0808 082 9999
The Haven – 0203 312 1101