Published Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Whilst we are all being asked to maintain social distance due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this can make life even more difficult for those vulnerable or at risk from domestic abuse.
So, what can you, as a neighbour or friend, do to help, particularly in these difficult times?
· Please listen out for your neighbours and call for help (999) if you think someone is at risk
· If safe to do so, please reach out to anyone you believe is in an abusive relationship and encourage them to contact a support organisation for advice and support in particular around safety planning during these times
· If it is not safe for the survivors themselves to contact a support organisation then they can support friends, family and any professional so they can safely pass information on
· Tell them about Outreach Services so when they are able, they can seek support from organisations such as East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS)