Preventing domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic

Published: 24 March 2020

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We need to ensure that we are looking after the most vulnerable members of our society during the pandemic.

While our homes should be the safest place for most of us right now, there are some people who will be experiencing domestic violence. The current climate of social distancing could mean that they are having to remain inside their home with their abuser, where they, or the abuser themselves, may usually have been able to leave.

Now more than ever we need to ensure that we are looking after the most vulnerable members of our society. While we are all encouraged to stay at home where possible for now, there are still things you can do to remain vigilant in protecting our neighbours, loved ones and our communities as a whole.

If you are aware of, or suspect that a neighbour, friend or family member may be a victim of domestic violence, please ensure that this is reported as soon as possible. You can see a list of services and contact methods below.

As you would with the elderly or vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic, continue to check in on any individuals that you think may be at risk of domestic violence with regular phone calls (or texts or social media, if this is more private).

If you are currently experiencing domestic violence yourself, please remember that you are not alone. If you possibly can, try to find a private place to contact any of the services listed below.

Derbyshire Constabulary have released the following statement:

Domestic abuse has always been, and will remain, a key priority for Derbyshire Constabulary. We are absolutely aware of the increased potential vulnerabilities of people in our county and we are working hard, along with our partners, to ensure those potentially in danger are given the support they need. People are able to get support by calling the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support Line on 08000 198 668. You can also find more information by visiting the website. There has been no reduced service as a result of the coronavirus outbreak – in fact changes in the way we are working means there are more officers on the frontline to help keep the county safe. Specialist domestic abuse training has already been completed by officers and there are bespoke plans in place to ensure that officers are aware of potential vulnerabilities, what to look out for and what to do if they are concerned. The current situation may cause increased pressure for families and if you are struggling to manage your emotions and behaviour please seek help and advice by ringing Respect on 0808 802 4040.

Derby City Council services

Unfortunately the current pandemic does mean there may be some alterations to services, however, we are continually updating any changes on our website.

During office hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Contact details to make a referral to Derby City Council, Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

  • Telephone: 01332 642855
  • Minicom: 01332 640666
  • Fax: 01332 643299

Outside office hours

You can contact Careline (Derby’s out of hours emergency social care service):

  • Telephone: 01332 786968
  • Minicom: 01332 785642
  • Fax: 01332 786965
  • SMS text message number: 07890 034081 (for Deaf people only)

Other services

LGBT domestic abuse helpline

0800 999 5428

Monday to Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Men’s Domestic Abuse helpline – Man Kind

Men’s Domestic Abuse helpline – Men’s Advice Line

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