Wiltshire Police and Council ready to support domestic abuse victims

Wiltshire Police and Council ready to support domestic abuse victims

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:51am 31st March 2020. (Updated at 10:05am 31st March 2020)

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The authorities are reminding us that they're still available to help people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Wiltshire Council and the county's Police are concerned that victims might not feel able to come forward for support while more of us are at home.

Their message is 'we are here and ready to support you'.

HOW TO GET SUPPORT

Services to help domestic abuse victims can be contacted by phone or online in Wiltshire.

If you, or someone you know, might need support they can: 

  • Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247
  • Wiltshire charity Splitz can be called on 01225 775276
  • You can email the service on spa@splitz.org
  • In an emergency, call 999

The Splitz website also has advice on keeping safe, talking toolkits to help calm situations down and details of further support service in Wiltshire. 

Domestic Violence Abuse
There's a reminder that victims don't have to suffer in silence - help is available from Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police

Cllr Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Health said: 

"We are all having to adjust in these unprecedented times but we want people to know support is still available and out there, online or over the phone. 

"One of the most important roles we have is protecting our most vulnerable including those suffering domestic abuse and although we may need to do things differently we are still dedicated to fulfilling this important role.

"People can still talk to us and we want them to have that vital support."

Wiltshire Police Detective Superintendent Ben Mant said: 

"If you're already living with domestic abuse, then the restrictions put in place at the moment have probably left you concerned of being isolated in the house with your abuser. 

"However, please remember that help is still available; you can still call 999 if you or someone else is in danger.  You are not alone. 

"While some domestic abuse support services are not able to offer face to face meetings at this time, there is still help and advice available online and over the phone. These local and national organisations are working hard to ensure they can still support you." 

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