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Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus have seen people’s day-to-day lives drastically altered. These changes are essential to beat coronavirus and protect the NHS.

We know that the order to stay home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you.  The Ministry of Defence published its Domestic Abuse Strategy , ‘No Defence for Abuse' in 2018.  It has recently been updated and includes an insightful introduction from The Rt Hon Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans:

Defence Domestic Abuse Strategy

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can contact the National Helpline for Domestic Abuse: 0808 2000 247. 

If you are worried about the way you are treating someone you live with, or want to break the cycle of abuse, Respect have a helpline available: 0808 802 4040

Domestic abuse services and refuges for are still open: if you're experiencing abuse and need somewhere to make a call, Boots UK and UK Says No More have launched Safe Spaces. You can ask to use the consultation room if you need somewhere to think or to call a helpline. 

In an emergency, always call 999.

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