Domestic abuse (COVID-19)



We're mindful that many women, men and children will be at higher risk of domestic violence and abuse while self-isolation continues in the wake of Covid-19. 
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To support you we’ve launched a new online helpline and live chat service with our partners Womankind . This initiative lets you access direct support from experienced domestic abuse support workers.
 
It’s available to access seven days a week – just call us on 0300 5000 926 or send a direct message via Facebook, (@AskSovereign) and we’ll support you to access the help you need through Womankind.

The aim is to give those who need help, the option to discuss their situation one to one with a support worker and get advice discreetly and confidentially.
 
Additionally, If you see or hear anything that causes you concern for a friend or neighbour, you can tell us what you know in confidence.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247) can also offer advice and emotional support and guidance to anyone, including neighbours, friends or relatives. If you can’t call, you can also register for help online.

Domestic abuse also affects men, and ManKind have a confidential helpline. Please call 01823 334244 or visit www.mankind.org.uk

As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system and call 999 and then press 55.
 
There is also the Bright Sky app, which is a free to download mobile app providing information and advice.
 
The app has lots of useful tools and you can also record evidence in a private journal (via text, audio, video or photo). The information uploaded is not stored on the phone itself, ensuring the information remains confidential. You can download the app from the Google Play Store here, and the iOS App Store here.
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Please only download the Bright Sky app if it is safe to do so and you’re sure that your mobile phone is not being monitored.
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