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Coronavirus: Resources for those Experiencing Domestic Violence

We know that the next 3 weeks may be a challenging time for all of us, following new government announcement enforcing a lockdown. We are all in this together, and we stay here ready to help our clients, colleagues, friends and family through this.

Below are a range of useful websites, apps and resources for those experiencing domestic violence. 

1. Victimsupport.org is a useful resource to help victims of abuse, fraud and other injustices find the support they need to move forward in their lives. Please log onto www.victimsupport.org for more information

2. Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, launched by Hestia in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know. The app is also designed to be used by specialist and non-specialist practitioners and other employers, and for anyone looking for information about issues around domestic abuse such as online safety, stalking and harassment and sexual consent.

https://www.hestia.org/brightsky

3. It's important to know that you are not alone. Even if you are unable to leave your home at the moment, you can still access support through one of the helplines.

Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

Respect helpline: 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else)

Forced Marriage Unit: 0207 008 0151

4. Surviving Economic Abuse have produced some guidance that looks at keeping yourself safe while self-isolating, as well as practical issues including benefits and sick pay:

https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/

https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Economic-abuse-and-the-coronavirus-outbreak-1.pdf

5. Online support- Support is available from Women's Aid's online chat service, open from 10am-12pm Monday-Friday.

https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/

6. Chayn provides online tools, information, courses and support for people experiencing abuse, all free to access- https://chayn.co/. Their Soul Medicine courses provide bitesized support, delivered in disguised emails at a time that you choose. They are also launching a secure Telegram channel to provide particular support during this time. If you need to secure your devices or clear your browsing history after accessing support, take a look at Chayn's DIY online safety guide.

7. To read uplifting and empowering words from other survivors, sign up to Voices Together – our newsletter written by and for survivors of domestic abuse. http://safelives.org.uk/voices-together

8. Safenet in Bury are still operating their service, for a full update read the document in the 'downloads' section on the left hand side of this page.

In the case of immediate danger please ring 999

Bury Council do not promote or endorse any of the services listed in this Directory. For more information on this please read our disclaimer here.

This page was last updated on: 24/03/2020

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