HELP is just a phone call away for victims of domestic abuse – that’s the message from West Mercia Police in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The reminder comes as the force recognises that home might not be the safest place for many victims.
Officers say that while face-to-face meetings with support workers will become harder to arrange, there is still online and phone-line support available.
They are also encouraging those that still can, to consider alternative places of safety for them to stay in should they face isolation – be that a safe house, or a family member of friend’s home.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “This pandemic is causing worries and concerns for a number of us.
“Support services are still available to provide support online or on the phone, so I am imploring victims to speak out if they can and seek help.”
Victims seeking help can call:
- Women’s Aid Helpline – 0800 980 3331- http://www.westmerciawomensaid.org
- West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre – http://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/services/live-chat-helpline
- Victim Advice Line – http://www.victimadviceline.org.uk
- Live chat link can be found at 0800 952 3000.