Eastleigh Borough Council is urging anyone experiencing, or at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak to make contact with the support services which are still operating during this period.
The National Domestic Abuse service has seen a 25% rise in calls since lockdown measures were introduced. Helping to tackle domestic abuse remains a priority for the Council and its partners during the period when the government is advising people to stay at home. The current situation may be creating additional challenges to those at risk of domestic abuse who may feel unable to escape from those carrying out the abuse as people are having to stay home and can't visit support networks.
A new Domestic Abuse Helpline Covid-19 Response has been launched, offering support to victims of domestic abuse across Hampshire. Contact Aurora New Dawn on 023 9421 6816.
Find out more about what's considered as domestic abuse, how to report it and how to get help.
Cabinet Lead for Health Cllr Tonia Craig said, “During the current coronavirus pandemic, sadly some people will be at increased risk of domestic abuse, as they are stuck in their home for long periods with the perpetrator. Abuse can take many forms, including psychological abuse, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. I would urge anyone in any of these situations to call the police in an emergency situation, or to reach out to one of the many organisations who can help you”.