Violence Against Women and Girls
Domestic Abuse Support During Lockdown
If you are suffering domestic abuse, remember you are not alone. Help is at hand and support services continue to be available across Warwickshire during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rules around social distancing do not prevent someone from leaving home to seek help if they are suffering abuse. Refuges remain open and the police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused – physically, emotionally, or otherwise.
If you are in immediate danger, always call 999 in an emergency. If you are unable to speak on the phone, when prompted, you can press ’55’ if ringing from a mobile to use the ‘Silent Solution’ system. More information on the silent solution can be found here.
Refuge – Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service is a countywide service that is still offering help and support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire. If you live in Warwickshire you can call 0800 408 1552 to speak to a support worker. If you are not able to call, please email DVSW@refuge.org.uk
You can also contact the Police, on 101, or Refuge, via the number above, if you have concerns about a friend, relative or neighbour. Please do report any concerns as those who are being abused may not have the opportunity to safely reach out for support themselves at the current time.
Domestic abuse is a crime, and help is available. Do not suffer alone.
Warwickshire’s Domestic Abuse Service, Refuge, is here to help you.
You can call them on 0800 408 1552 for support. If you are unable to call them, you can access help via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in an emergency, you can dial 999 for Warwickshire Police. If you cannot talk, call 999 and then press 55. The Police will be able to assist.
Each year in the UK 3 million women experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’ crimes, female genital mutilation, stalking, trafficking, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation.
Such violence is a major cause of death and disability and is linked to other issues such as poor health, child poverty, social exclusion, economic and educational disadvantage.
In March 2015, the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board approved its first Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy covering the period 2015-18.
The Strategy brings together existing work on domestic abuse with a new broader approach that addresses all forms of violence against women and girls.
It will be delivered by the multi-agency Violence Against Women and Girls Board – a subgroup of the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.
The Strategy objectives are:
- Prevention – Preventing violence against women and girls from happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviour which foster it and intervening early where possible to prevent it
- Provision – Providing high quality, joined-up support for victims where violence does occur
- Protection – Taking action to reduce the risk to women and girls who are victims of violence and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice and provided with opportunities for change in a way that maximises safety
- Partnership – Working in partnership to obtain the best outcome for victims and their families
Why a gendered approach?
The Strategy recognises that men and boys can also be victims of violence and therefore does not exclude them from this work. Perpetrators may also be female. However, a gendered approach to VAWG is both appropriate and necessary because the majority of violence is perpetrated by men, against women and is gender-based.
For more information read the full VAWG Strategy 2015-18 (pdf, 910 Kb).
Warwickshire’s latest domestic violence and abuse needs assessment is available here:
- Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Needs Assessment 2015-16 (pdf, 1.4 Mb)
- Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Needs Assessment 2015-16 – Executive Summary (pdf, 458 Kb
Anyone affected by domestic abuse, including if you have concerns over someone you know, can contact Refuge on 0800 408 1552.
In an emergency, please dial 999.
If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence and abuse please visit www.talk2someone.org.uk for information about local support services.