#NoClosedDoors2020 – suggested intranet and newsletter copy

More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre.

Suggested intranet copy:

Domestic abuse -don’t suffer in silence, help is still available

Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be.

Whilst it is essential that the vast majority of people stay at home, the government acknowledges that the advice to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing domestic abuse. Therefore, the current guidance is that you are allowed to leave your home to flee an abuser and seek help – local support services and the police remain, and will continue to remain, available.

Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses people are under – there is no excuse for abuse.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:

  • Coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • Financial/economic abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or are worried or suspect that someone you know, including a colleague, is experiencing or may be at risk of experiencing domestic abuse, then help is available at www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk or by telephoning 0800 69 49 999.

There is also information on the website to advice managers, colleagues and friends what to do if they suspect someone is experiencing domestic abuse and support available if you are worried about the impact of your own behaviour towards others.

In an emergency you should always dial 999, if you worried that an abuser may overhear your call you can remain silent and dial 55 for help.

More information about the coronavirus and domestic abuse can be found here:  http://www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk/covid-19-support/

Can you help spread the word on social media? Search #NoClosedDoors2020 in Google and repost/retweet the messages to your friends and followers in case they are experiencing domestic abuse.

Suggested newsletter copy:

Domestic abuse -don’t suffer in silence, help is still available

Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be. There is no excuse for abuse, no matter what stresses people are under. If you suspect that someone you know, including a colleague, may be experiencing domestic abuse, help is still, and will continue to be available: www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk or telephone 0800 69 49 999.

In an emergency you should always dial 999, if you are concerned that an abuser may overhear you then you can remain silent and press 55 for help.

More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre.