1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of Domestic Abuse. It can be: Mental - Emotional - Sexual - Financial control - Bullying - Isolation - Harassment - Forced marriage - Honour based violence.
The COVID-19 stay at home measures can put pressure on the home environment and cause additional anxiety for those who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic abuse. We understand what a frightening and dangerous experience domestic abuse can be, especially if you are isolated with your abuser, however, even during the COVID-19 outbreak help and support is still available.
If you're being abused,
if you are concerned about family, friends or neighbours,
if you are worried you may commit domestic abuse,
then please seek help, either from the police or from the support organisations listed below...
Report domestic abuse to Essex Police:
The South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub (SEDAH) offers help, advice and assistance. The hub includes a range of support services that you can access.
If you are worried about hurting the ones you love whilst staying at home, call the Respect helpline for support. You can talk to us in confidence about violence and domestic abuse. A friendly Helpline Advisor will listen to you without judgement and give you honest advice.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones.
Women's Aid has provided additional advice specifically designed for the current coronavirus outbreak, including a live chat service
The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.
Changing Pathways is a local domestic abuse charity working in South and South West Essex.
Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity.
Supporting women and girls to live their lives free of economic abuse and exploitation.
Supporting adults and children in times of crisis.
Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages, ranging from identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.
SafeLives is providing domestic abuse support and guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.