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Victims of domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown Posted on 17 Apr 2020

Measures put in place over the past few weeks to limit the spread of coronavirus have seen people’s lives significantly change.

For those living with a perpetrator of domestic abuse, life may have become especially difficult. You may also be increasingly worried about someone you know who is living with a perpetrator of domestic abuse.

How to get support

We are encouraging victims of domestic abuse to contact Herts Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA) on 0300 790 6772 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) who will conduct an initial risk assessment to signpost to the correct services. Or, if you require emergency refuge accommodation, you can call Safer Places specialist domestic abuse service on 0330 102 5811 (24/7 availability). These services can support anyone 16 years or over.

Alternatively, you can contact Hertfordshire’s victim service team at Beacon, even if you don’t want to report the incident at a crime. You can call a case manager in confidence on 0300 0115 555 and press option 3 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Wednesday 8am to 8pm) or email: info@hertfordshirebeacon.org.

For information and advice for yourself or someone you’re worried about, you can go to: www.hertssunflower.org/herts-sunflower.aspx The website is a helpful local resource for anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse or those carrying out abuse who want support to change their behaviour. You can also speak to someone from the Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline, free and in confidence, for help, advice and support on 08 088 088 088 (open weekdays 9am to 9pm and weekends 9am to 4pm).

If you are in immediate danger but are afraid to speak, call 999 then press 5 and 5 to alert the police. There is no need to speak. Or if the matter is less urgent use their webchat service found at www.herts.police.uk.

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