People being isolated in their own homes with their abuser may result in an increase in coercive and controlling behaviour and emotional abuse.
Safety planning advice:
- Consider where you would go in an emergency
- Pack a bag ready and leave it at a trusted friend / neighbour’s house
- Use the fact that there are no online shopping slots available to go to the shop and speak to someone
- Accessing information online, delete your browser history, or use private browsing to hide searches
- Have a code word or sign to signal you are in danger and set this up with family / friends / neighbours to let them know by text, FaceTime or skype. The code will need to alert them to contact the police if you are in danger
- Teach the code to children who are old enough to understand what you are asking of them and why
“We want to reassure those impacted by domestic abuse that services remain available and to encourage anyone who needs support to make contact in the safest way possible whether it is by telephone, through the DAP website or webchat. We are still here and ready to respond”. Vicki Paddison, Strategic Domestic Abuse Services Manager.
Local domestic abuse support services are available and continue to provide support, advice and information:
- Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership: 01482 318 759
- Hull Strength to Change: 01482 613 403
- Preston Road Women’s Centre: 01482 790 310
- Hull Women’s Aid: 01482 446 099
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline, Freephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0808 2000 247
- Women’s Aid live chat service (available Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm)