Bassetlaw council leader says lockdown is no excuse for domestic violence

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I want to use my column this week to focus on domestic violence.Tragically, during the first three weeks of lockdown there were 16 domestic homicides across the country, with 14 woman and 2 children being killed.

There has been a large increase of calls to the Nottinghamshire 24 hour helpline and the National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen a 50 per cent increase in calls since lockdown.

There is never an excuse for domestic violence and abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.

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For anyone in lockdown who feels that they are at risk of abuse, there is help and support available.

Coun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leaderCoun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leader
Coun Simon Greaves, Bassetlaw Council leader | Other 3rd Party

The Government’s rules on household isolation because of coronavirus do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Friends, family and neighbours can all offer a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse.

If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, please reassure them that the police and support services are still here to help.

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In all cases of immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.

If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can.

If you are on a mobile and can’t talk safely, you do not have to speak, just press 55 to transfer your call to the police.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247 and is totally confidential.

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There is lots of help online, including the Refuge website which has information on identifying the signs of domestic abuse, and a safety guide for women and children who are living with a perpetrator.

In Bassetlaw, Women’s Aid can help on 01909 533610 or via the Juno 24-hour free helpline on 0808 800 0340.

Boots has also partnered with charity Hestia to offer safe spaces in their stores.

For men experiencing domestic abuse, you can call Equation’s domestic abuse service for men on 0115 9605556 or the national Men’s Advice line on 0808 8010327.

For those suffering, you are not alone – help is out there.