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24-hour National Domestic Abuse Number 0808 2000 247

You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.

As we connect with different media platforms – now more than ever, we are rapidly seeing reports of women and children being killed at the hands of a partner. It goes without saying how heart breaking this is, but domestic abuse related homicide is not happening just because of Covid-19. Survivors of domestic abuse already know what it is like to live with fear, well before this pandemic. Coercive tactics that a perpetrator would use to isolate, control and set restrictions is a reality not a temporary measure. Undoubtedly, life is confusing right now, and for some of us we have a safe home, live with safe people and still have connection with those in our lives. This cannot be said for some Blackpool residents who find safety in leaving the house and staying with family members or friends.

Did you know that in 2019 the National Office of Statistics released figures showing that 1.6 million women reported experiencing domestic abuse? What if I told you that two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. It is shocking isn’t it? Ever since the Government set restrictions on our movement to keep everyone safe, it has got me thinking. What are those experiencing domestic abuse going to do whilst these restrictions are in place?

Charities such as Women’s Aid and Safe Lives are also expressing their concern on how self-isolation and social distancing could increase instances of domestic abuse, as seen across the wold already. Services and refuge provision were already struggling due to financial barriers, and as they abide with Government guidelines the strain increases (Women’s Aid, 2020). However, it is crucial to note that most specialist support services are still available and all refuges still remain open and the police will respond to emergency calls.

We want to share some contacts and information with you:

Blackpool children social care

If you are a neighbour family member or friend and have any concerns about the safety of a child please contact 01253 477299.

Emergency services

999 If you are in immediate danger the police are responding to emergencies at this time.

If you are in danger and are unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the police who will assist you without you having to speak.

Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA)

01253 596699 Fylde Coast Women’s Aid offers free advice and support to individuals living in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre who are experiencing any form of domestic abuse.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247 If you want to leave the relationship and access specialist accommodation this helpline can find support for you and your children.

Safe Lives – Staying safe during Covid-19 guide

This covers everything you may want to know. From safety planning around the use of technology, self-care, to important phone numbers and web forums. Click Here

Women’s Aid

This is a really informative safety guide that also looks at providing guidance on issues such as, child contact, existing court orders, welfare benefits, disability and immigration status. Click Here

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