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The impact of COVID-19 on those experiencing domestic abuse

Article date - 23 March 2020

Residents will be following the national advice around household isolation and social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This advice is in place to limit the spread of the virus and keep as many people as safe and well as possible. 
 
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Jeanie Bell, said: "We know that there are vulnerable people in our communities who will be more concerned than others about the prospect of staying at home for a number of reasons, including those who have been the victims of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.
 
"While all public services are adapting to new ways of working during this pandemic, our message to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse is clear: You are not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence - we will still be here for you, no matter what."
 
Merseyside Police, local authorities and providers of domestic abuse support across Merseyside will continue working together to maintain essential services and contacts for anyone affected by domestic abuse during the weeks and months to come.
 
Support will still be available by telephone, text message or online services.
 
Who to contact
 
If you, your child or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently. Call 999. 
 
If you are a St Helens Borough resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is, please contact Safe2Speak on 01744 743200. This number is contactable Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm. 

For out of hours enquiries, including refuge accommodation, call the 24-hour helpline number: 01925 220541.

For more information visit www.safe2speak.co.uk
 
 
Further support can also be found at these national agencies:
 

Women’s Aid | womensaid.org.uk | www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Worst Kept Secret Helpline:  0800 028 3398
Refuge (includes information for men) | refuge.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123