As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, we know from partners across the sector that many victims of domestic abuse will need help and assistance in the coming months. Our message is clear that all forms of domestic abuse are unacceptable in any situation and help is available.
We want victims to know:
- Anyone can be a victim and, whatever their circumstances, help and support is available.
- Whether you experienced domestic abuse during lockdown, or are experiencing it now, it is never too late to seek support.
- Free, confidential support and advice is available 24 hours a day.
- Although it may seem like a difficult step, there is no shame in seeking help.
- You are not alone.
We also want people who know potential victims, or are concerned about victims, to feel empowered to act. We want you to know:
- Although it might be nothing it could be something.
- Domestic abuse can take many forms and there are signs they can spot.
- Friends and family can be a vital lifeline for victims.
- Friends and family can also turn to help and support
If you feel like this is relevant to you, or you know someone who needs support, please visit gov.uk/domestic-abuse where you’ll be directed to helplines, advice and support. The site also includes easy read and translated guidance in several languages, as well as signposting to specialist support services for different audiences and abuse types.
Action Needed Immediately Pharmacies showing the Ask for Ani symbol can get you immediate help if you are experiencing domestic abuse.