A domestic abuse campaign has been launched in Hull to encourage people to seek help.
The campaign, led by the Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership (Hull DAP), is aimed at people isolated in their own homes with their abuser, which may result in an increase in coercive and controlling behaviour and emotional abuse.
Those who are experiencing domestic abuse, or who know of someone experiencing domestic abuse, are urged to:
- Consider where you would go in an emergency
- Pack a bag ready and leave it at the home of a trusted friend or neighbour
- Use the fact that there may be no online shopping slots available to go to the shop and speak to someone
- Accessing information online, delete your browser history, or use private browsing to hide searches
- Have a code word or sign to signal you are in danger and set this up with family, friends or neighbours to let them know by text, FaceTime or Skype. The code will need to alert them to contact the police if you are in danger
- Teach the code to children who are old enough to understand what you are asking of them and why
Vicki Paddison, Hull City Council’s strategic domestic abuse services manager, said: “We want to reassure those impacted by domestic abuse that services remain available and to encourage anyone who needs support to make contact in the safest way possible whether it is by telephone, through the DAP website or webchat. We are still here and ready to respond”.
Open the door to support!
— Hull CC News (@Hullccnews) May 5, 2020
Domestic abuse support services in Hull are continuing to provide support, advice and information. Call the Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership on 01482 318759, Preston Road Women’s Centre on 01482 790310, Hull Women’s Aid on 01482 446099, National Domestic Abuse Helpline (freephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week) on 0808 2000 247, Women’s Aid live chat service (Monday to Friday, 10am to noon) or Hull Strength to Change on 01482 613403.
Those who are suffering domestic abuse, or who know someone who is, should visit hulldap.com or call 999 if they are in immediate danger.