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 Violence and 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.
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.
This strategy outlines how Warwickshire County Council will work with partners to meet new duties to provide safe accommodation and support in Warwickshire for adult and child victims as part of the Council’s statutory requirements within the Domestic Abuse Act.