If you’re a relative or friend who is concerned about someone who has either told you they have been abused, or you suspect abuse, you may feel confused and powerless about what to do.
Watching someone you care about is painful and can leave you feeling helpless. Understanding and working through your own feelings will help you support them.
Be aware that if the abuser becomes aware that you are helping them, they will do everything in their power to stop any contact between you. Unfortunately, they will probably succeed, and your friend / family member will be more isolated.
If you suspect a child or vulnerable adult has been abused, you must report it to either the Police or Children Social Care or Adult Social Care. The Police have specially trained officers who will contact you.
Social Care Institute for Excellence have developed a quick guide with Respect and SafeLives to provide practical ideas for social care professionals about the impact on domestic violence and abuse as lockdown eases. Click here to read. For information for professionals here.
We have launched a Live Web Chat Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00 This is available on saferfutures.org.uk and firstlight.org.uk. Huge thanks to Cornwall Community Foundation who have kindly funded this project meaning we can potentially reach more people who are in need of advice and support.
A SAFE SPACE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC ABUSE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. UK SAYS NO MORE has teamed up with Boots UK to launch Safe Spaces in their pharmacies across the UK. People affected by domestic abuse will be able to access the consultation rooms in Boots UK pharmacies, where they will be able to […]