Domestic Abuse is an under reported crime, with only an estimated 40% of cases reported to the Police. It has more repeat victims than any other crime and is estimated to affect one in four women and one in six men. On average two women are killed a week by their current or ex partner. Research suggests that exposure to domestic abuse at a young age may be problematic for a child’s development. It could result in future violent behaviour, criminal activity and increased risk of emotional needs in later life. Not recognising an unhealthy, controlling and inappropriate relationship can lead to a child being potentially vulnerable to exploitation.
Covid-19 - Support for Domestic Abuse victims
The government’s stay at home advice in response to the Covid-19 pandemic can create new challenges for people experiencing domestic abuse. Victim/survivors may be at home with their perpetrator and unable to escape from the abuse. The Government has issued guidance for DA victims support.
Covid-19 - Support for victims
If you know anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse or you yourself are a victim, there is help for you. We appreciate that getting in contact will be challenging but there are support groups ready to help.
Berkshire Women’s Aid - (0118) 950 4003 - www.berkshirewomensaid.org.uk
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247 - www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327 - www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Galop - 0800 999 5428 - www.galop.org.uk
Respect helpline - 0808 802 4040 - www.respect.uk.net/about-us
Women's Aid - Women's Aid - Guide for Survivors
Refuge - Refuge - Response to Covid-19
Safe Lives - Safe Lives - DA and Covid-19
National Centre for Domestic Violence - National Centre for Domestic Violence
Hestia Domestic Abuse Service - Domestic Abuse Refuges