Domestic Abuse and Covid-19
We know that the government’s advice on self or household-isolation will have a direct impact on victims and their children experiencing domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for survivors of domestic abuse. Social distancing and self-isolation will be used as a tool of coercive and controlling behaviour by perpetrators, and will shut down routes to safety and support.
Stockton Borough council, along with our Domestic Abuse Specialist Services (Harbour Support Services) want to ensure victims and families know where to access support in this difficult time. Services have been changed to suit the government’s recommendations but the service is still available to you and Harbour will do everything to support you.
Harbour Support Services
Telephone 01642 683045
Homeless Advice and Assistance
Telephone Number 01642 528389
How to Report Abuse and Neglect
You can report very serious abuse and neglect to Cleveland Police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency
Adult safeguarding concerns should be reported through Adult First Contact
Telephone: 01642 527 764
Further information: www.tsab.org.uk
If you’re worried about a child, please call The Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Children’s Hub on 01429 284284 / 01642 130080 or out of office hours call 01642 524552.
- Refuge: The Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel: 08082000247
- Women’s Aid webchat service womensaid.org.uk (Monday to Friday 10- 12pm)
- RESPECT Respect is a confidential helpline for domestic violence perpetrators (male or female) wishing to address their violence and abuse. Tel: 0808 8024040
- Men’s advice line– support for male victims of domestic abuse. Tel: 08088010327
- Galop– National LGBT & Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel: 0800 999 5428
- National Stalking helpline 0808 802 0300
- Crimestoppers If you are a neighbour, friend or colleague concerned about someone experiencing domestic abuse, it can be reported through Crimestoppers anonymously. Tel 0800 555 111
Safety Tips for Victims
- Agree a code word with family and friends so they could get help to you in an emergency or if you feel risk is increasing
- Download the Bright Sky App on your phone which can help you access support and get valuable information.
- If you have a smart phone you can download the Hollie Guard App which can help someone identify your location
- Contact Police 999 if you are in immediate danger. Be aware of Silent Solutions if you are unable to speak to the operator the call will be forwarded to an operating system. If you press 55 the system can detect this
If you have access to a computer/ phone, please visit https://www.womensaid.org.uk/the-survivors-handbook/. This will enable you to make your own safety plan that is relevant to your situation.