During the corona virus pandemic, may individuals may be stick at home with their abuser/s. If you need help – there are a few numbers available beloew (for the UK). I live in Surrey in the UK and found these details for this area and beyond. Please NOTE – if you cannot speak when you dial 999, you can press “55” to confirm that it is a genuine call. This is known as the silent option (see below). I thought this was useful information to share. This option is available nationwide.
For domestic abuse support beyond Surrey: Women’s Aid/Refuge/National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse
Safe Lives www.safelives.org.uk
Providing domestic abuse support and guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 www.refuge.org.uk
Guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse
Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people.
RespectUK – 0808 802 4040 www.respect.uk.net
Advice and support for those who are finding it difficult to manage their behaviour during this difficult time and want to make a change.
Silent Solution – If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine by pressing ‘55’. When transferred to your local police force, the police call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.
Surrey Against Domestic Abuse – 01483 776822 www.healthysurrey.org.uk/domestic-abuse
Provides information on how to get help and keep yourself and your children safe.
Your Sanctuary – 01483 776822 www.yoursanctuary.org.uk
Helpline service available 9am to 9pm 7 days a week, offering support, information and signposting. An online chat service is available via their website. Your Sanctuary also runs two safe houses for women and children fleeing from domestic abuse, and a specialist male support service available to men across Surrey.