A new public awareness campaign will highlight those at risk or are currently experiencing domestic abuse, the Home Secretary has said.
Priti Patel says the new campaign, entitled #YouAreNotAlone, will “reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain available during this difficult time”.
The campaign comes after research revealed that the number of domestic abuse cases rose rapidly in the three months to December 2019. According to figures, the number of new domestic violence cases jumped by 21 per cent, while new domestic violence remedy orders increased by 15 per cent.
As part of the campaign, members of the public will be asked to show “solidarity and support for those who may be suffering” by sharing official Government guidance or a photo of a heart on their palm.
The official guidance will direct victims to the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number, 0808 2000 247, and the National help Line. Both services are operated by domestic abuse charity Refuge.
Alongside the campaign, £2 million in additional funding will be committed to “immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support”.
Welcoming the news, Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Refuge is grateful for the Government’s support at this critical time. We have worked around the clock to ensure our national helpline and frontline specialist services remain open and accessible to women experiencing domestic abuse.
“What is needed now, more than ever, is to ensure every woman experiencing domestic abuse is aware of the confidential support available. We hope the Government’s campaign will reach the tens of thousands of people experiencing domestic abuse, helping send the message – you are not alone.”
The announcement comes after the Home Secretary confirmed last week that victims at risk of domestic abuse are permitted to leave the home to seek support, despite social distancing measures.
It is important to understand that whilst it is mostly women who experience domestic abuse, men can also be victims, and there is support out there for them and that the law doesn’t differ in the protection it can offer them.
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