Posted: Wednesday 15th April 2020
Over the last few weeks, we have all been speaking about the importance of staying at home to help save lives and lessen the impact of this horrible virus. We need to be adhering to these regulations in order to beat coronavirus, but it is also important to acknowledge that for some, lockdown means living at home with an abusive partner, being confined indoors with the perpetrator and being even more isolated from loved ones.
Despite these times of uncertainty, I want you to know that if you are a victim we still want you to come forward, seek help and be heard. Being at home shouldn’t mean being at risk. I cannot stress enough that help is still out there and you do not need to suffer in silence.
My team is in regular contact with all of our locally commissioned services, who I know have been working around the clock to adapt and find new ways of supporting victims and survivors. The victim services are still delivering advocacy, emotional and psychological supporting during the coronavirus pandemic and support can be accessed whether you choose to report the crime to the police or not, no matter how long ago it took place.
For anyone facing domestic abuse or violence, myself, the police and support services are still here and are still listening. You are not alone.
I also want to reach out to neighbours, friends and family members; if you think someone is a victim of domestic abuse, please speak up. You are a lifeline to those who are at risk and we all need to be compassionate towards each other during these challenging times. You can contact the police, a support services or CrimeStoppers if you wish to report anonymously.
Finally, I want to take a moment to say a massive thank you to all those who work for the services; you have worked tirelessly to find innovative ways to support victims