VICTIMS of domestic abuse are being encouraged to reach out for support during Easter and Ramadan.
Warwickshire’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Service says physical, financial and emotional abuse can increase during the holidays when everyone is spending more time at home.
Warwickshire County Council’s adult social care spokeswoman Coun Margaret Bell said: “The Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Service can support anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse.
“We know that during festive holidays incidents of domestic violence and abuse can increase, so we want to ensure that victims and their dependents know that they can find support and solace.
“The service supports all victims of domestic abuse, including men, members of the LGBTQ+ community and residents who have English as their second language.”
Warwickshire’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board is publishing social media messages to encourage victims to get help and support. Among them are a series of tips, which include:
- There is specialist support available for all victims of domestic abuse. Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Service support includes a helpline where you can get information and advice, support to develop a safety plan, “drop-in sessions” across the county and 1:1 support on a variety of issues such as legal and housing options. For more information, call 0800 408 1552 or visit www.talk2someone.org.uk
- If you are planning to leave an abusive partner, pack away belongings over a period of time. Start to put money aside each week so that you can pay for taxis or public transport on your exit. Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Service can support you to plan to leave safely. For more information, visit www.talk2someone.org.uk
- Is there a friend, neighbour, or family member you trust? Let them know you might be at risk from your partner. Arrange a secret code with someone who lives close by (like ringing and hanging up, or a blank text), that lets them know you need help. You could also think about telling a professional you trust, for example your GP, or call the Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Service helpline on 0800 408 1552
Visit www.talk2someone.org.uk for help and advice. In an emergency, call 999.