Covid-19 Domestic Abuse Awareness – Volunteers in the Community.
Information received from: Halton Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Coordinator. Sarah Jane Ashcroft Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org Community Safety Team.
If you are concerned about a child, a vulnerable adult or anyone in our community is in immediate danger you should call 999. Anyone needing help, but fearful an abuser may overhear them calling, can secretly dial 999 and then press 55, which will let the police know they need emergency assistance.
We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone- but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them. For these people expericing domestic abuse, we want them to know that they are not alone and our local services are available and will offer help even if they are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.
If someone reveals to you that they are experiencing domestic abuse:
- Listen to them
- Acknowledge and adopt a believing approach.
- Reassure them that getting help is the first step to safety and recovery.
- Empower them and inform about support available.
- Give the number for the Halton Domestic Abuse Service 0300 11 11 247
Seek consent for a referral and notify Social Care if there are children / vulnerable adults are living in the household. Halton Children’s Social Care 0151 907 8305. (Out of hours) 0345 050 0148. Concerned about an adult Halton Adult’s Social Care 0151 907 8306.