COVID–19

The Coronavirus is presenting many challenges, risks and worries across the world.

Safespots recognises the risks that self isolation poses to victims of domestic abuse and lock down is an incredibly concerning time for many in our community.

At Safespots, we remain committed to providing support to victims of abuse by working remotely. Please call 07873 889637 should you require assistance during this time.

Updates will be made via our facebook and twitter accounts and we ask that if you have symptoms of the Coronavirus that you contact the NHS immediately on 111.

This is an incredibly difficult time but we want to assure you that we will continue to offer support to those who need it to the best of our ability.

Supporting friends or family experiencing abuse

Guidance:

  • Try to understand that this is a difficult situation for your friend/family member
  • Self confidence and self esteem are likely to be low
  • Your friend/family member may find the things that have happened to them very embarrassing to talk about
  • Your friend/family member may not have had control of finances, tenancy/mortgage or income. Life may be scary
  • Your friend/family member may be worried about any repercussions should they decide to leave
  • Ultimately, your friend/family member may still love their partner
  • Make sure they know you are there for them
  • Listen and try to be non-judgemental
  • Support the friend/family member in finding where they can go for help
  • Offer to go with the friend/family member to support services, such as: Safespots, the doctor, solicitor or the police
  • Avoid telling the friend/family member what to do
  • Spend time with the friend/family member without their partner as often as you can
  • Without making it obvious, try to arrange social occasions that involve the friend/family member without their partner

Things to be mindful of:

  • The abuser may try to undermine you and isolate your friend/family member from any support network.
  • The abuser may try to turn your friend/family member against you by telling them lies about you
  • The abuser may be rude to you if you visit
  • The abuser won’t appreciate you getting involved so be careful about what you do and when you do it.
  • Never approach or challenge the abuser- this could put someone in more danger
  • Always prioritise safety- yours and theirs

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