It is a sad reality that many people are forced to live with abusers. To share accommodation with people who dominate, control and use domestic violence. The lockdown means that the casual contact with people on the street, in the playground, maybe a cup of coffee, can’t happen anymore.
We don’t know how long this lockdown will last. For those suffering abuse, it is harder than ever to plea for help. Abusers often monitor internet and phone use.
Shropshire Council has increased its funding for domestic abuse services which remain available 24 hours. Telford and Wrekin is making similar provision. The Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service will be providing support throughout the crisis and beyond.
Shropshire Council First Point of Contact:
- Adult social care and safeguarding concerns – 0345 678 9044
- Safeguarding children: access to Compass, children’s social care Front Door and targeted early help – 0345 678 9021
- Housing – 0345 678 9005
Telford and Wrekin Family Connect – 01952 385385 (Family front door, including child protection referrals)
Out of hours Emergency Duty Teams:
- Shropshire Council – 0345 678 9040
- Telford & Wrekin Council – 01952 676500
- Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) – 0300 303 1191
- Shropshire Domestic Abuse Helpline (24 hours) – 0800 7831 359
- Safe Lives – http://safelives.org.uk The UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good.
- Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
- Respect helpline – 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else)
- Galop – 0800 999 5428 (national helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic abuse)
- Forced Marriage Unit – 0207 008 015
If you suspect that an abuser is monitoring your Internet usage, find out how to delete your browser history at https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000510.htm or more simply use a private window when browsing.
This House of Commons Library briefing looks at what the new regulations say about staying at home, and how they, alongside coronavirus more generally, could affect people at risk of domestic abuse.