Glow are supporting a campaign launched by Staffordshie Police to encourage victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse to seek help.
The multi-media campaign comes as the government announces another three weeks of lockdown restrictions, raising more concerns for those trapped and suffering at home.
#YouAreNotAlone aims let people know the police are still responding to those in need despite the Coronavirus pandemic and also shows the signs of abuse and local services that can help.
Digital screens outside supermarkets, radio and in-app adverts, as well as posters and leaflets in pharmacies, businesses and other community locations will target those who may not be able to search for help at home, as well as those who might only be recognising abusive behaviour for the first time.
Lucy Willis, Head of Domestic Violence and Abuse Services at Glow said:”It’s essential that victims aren’t left believing that ‘lockdown’ means they are trapped. Police will not consider a person escaping abuse at home as a breach of social distancing regulations and there is still a wealth of expert support out there. This message couldn’t be more important.
“It’s also incredibly important that if someone gets the chance to escape an abusive situation at home, there is a safe place for them to turn. Glow, Pathway and Staffordshire Women’s Aid are continuing to provide safe accommodation and specialist support to victims and their families. All referrals will be considered and if we don’t have a bed space, we can help find somewhere that does.”
Head of safeguarding for Staffordshire Police, Paul Cooke, said: “Domestic abuse has long been recognised as a ‘hidden harm’ but it is especially true right now – with people spending more time at home – that victims are suffering in silence.
“At home shouldn’t mean at risk and I want to reassure anyone who may fear reaching out for help during this time, that normal process still applies. This includes securing Domestic Violence Protection Orders through the courts which, if granted, can have a number of provisions including preventing the abuser from coming back to the property for 28 days.”
The campaign is also being supported by the Staffordshire Commissioner and other victims’ services. Staffordshire Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, said: “These are very challenging times, and the current restrictions may have increased people’s fear that there is nowhere to turn for help if they are trapped in an abusive situation at home.
“I know it can often be difficult for victims to come forward, so I’d like to reassure our communities that help and advice are still available, with local and national organisations offering alternative ways to find support.”
For more information about the campaign, visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/domesticabuse