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Home is not a safe place for everyone

Covid-19 restrictions will continue to have serious impacts on the lives of those living with domestic abuse.  

We want to reassure communities that vital services are still available to support adults and children during this time. 

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We also provide information on staying safe in the house and how communities can support those affected.  

Superintendent Sharon Donald of Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Sadly, Covid-19 may cause a rise in domestic abuse.  The cycle of violence may intensify with people having to isolate themselves and being unable to socialise in the normal ways.  It is important that victims know how and where to get advice and support and that they know they can report by phone and online.” 

Information is being rolled out via digital media and the Safer Cornwall website. It aims both to raise awareness that domestic abuse may increase with people self-isolating, and to reassure people that help is available during these unprecedented times.   

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Covid-19 is having a serious impact on the lives of those living with domestic abuse. 

“For some people, home is not always a safe place, which might mean that the prospect of physical distancing or self-isolation may be causing some adults and children to feel additionally anxious, at an already difficult time.” 

Anna MacGregor at Safer Cornwall said: “We are doing everything possible to ensure that specialist support continues to be available to everyone that needs it. We want to reassure people that the Covid-19 restrictions do not restrict access to support services and people should still leave their home if they are at risk of domestic abuse. Support is still here for you and your family, refuges are still running, and specialist domestic abuse workers are still working to respond to your needs and help you to stay safe.” 

Where to get help 

Safer Cornwall will be posting Safety Tips for anyone living with domestic abuse. Please follow Safer Cornwall on Facebook and Twitter, or go to safercornwall.co.uk, for information.    

Cornwall’s integrated domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, is still providing support, safety planning and information via their helpline, text service and online. Safer Futures will also direct you to any additional services that you may need and can liaise on your behalf if appropriate to do so, for example if you feel you want to access a refuge at this time. 

To make a referral please go to 
https://saferfutures.org.uk/online-referral/  

If you feel unsafe and feel that you are in immediate danger, then you should still contact the emergency services via 999. Devon and Cornwall police work very closely with our local domestic abuse and sexual violence services and will ensure you get the follow-on support that you need. 

In addition, Safer Cornwall will be posting regular videos and information to help you and your family through this difficult time. 

Story created on 11 November