It’s understandable that tensions at home may run high during this lock down period. Do you find you are walking on eggshells? Do you feel unsafe at home? Self isolation is essential to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but it can create new challenges for people experiencing domestic abuse.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please always call the Police on 999.
Refuge: 0808 2000 247
Respect: 0808 802 4040
Help and resources
Help is available, we have linked several resources below.
The Somerset Survivors website is key and contains information about SIDAS (Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service). This is Somerset’s main specialist service to provide support to men, women and children who are affected by domestic abuse. Contact the helpline on 0800 69 49 999 or email them at email@example.com (opening Hours – 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday/Sunday).
The Mendip District Council website hosts information including housing options and advice.
The SafeLives website also contains a guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and staying safe during COVID-19.
If you need somewhere safe to talk, Boots pharmacies are offering safe spaces. Those needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact services for help and advice: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52495434
If you are worried about a family member, friend or neighbour, here’s a useful guide on how you can help.
Updated 7th May 2020