The rise in domestic abuse during lockdown has been well documented with the National Domestic Abuse helpline reporting 25% above average calls in the second week of lockdown and 49% higher than normal after three weeks. As we begin to come out of Lockdown, it is expected that the true figures will be higher than those already reported. More help will therefore be needed for survivors.

We at Home-Start Westminster consider, respect and value each person’s right to be safe from harm, unfortunately this isn’t always guaranteed and during the current Covid-19 pandemic, people may feel isolated, lonely or scared when in an abusive or coercive relationship.

Recent training with Westminster Council provided our volunteers with ways that they can support survivors of domestic abuse remotely and beyond Covid. Some key resources from the training are linked below, and please click on the button below for an overview of support services for survivors of domestic abuse available across the 3 boroughs we work in:

*Local Support for Domestic Abuse*

#YouAreNotAlone

Additional support for survivors of domestic abuse:

 

  • A hand signal has been developed that people suffering from domestic abuse can use via video call to ask for help. Watch this video to become familiar with the hand signal so you know how to ask for help or can recognise if someone is asking you to help them.

 

 

 

  • The below image gives a step by step guide of what to do if you need police support: