In an emergency call: 999
If you cannot speak there is a silent solution:
- Call 999
- Listen to the operator
- Cough or tap the handset
- If prompted press 55 – this lets the operator know it is a genuine call and you are put through to the police
Government guidance on social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is challenging when home is not a safe place for you. We know perpetrators will use the lockdown as a tool of coercive and controlling behaviour. The message to “stay at home” does not apply to you if you are not safe there, whatever your perpetrator says.
- You have the right to feel safe wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
- Help is available, university and college support services are uninterrupted and national specialist services are still running. Many services are moving on-line or to telephone support.
- The police and health service are still here to help you – don’t feel you can’t call because of COVID-19.
- This might not be the right or safe time to leave. That is your decision to make. Services will also support you where you are, and will be there for you when the time is right for you to leave.
Whether you are locked down with a family hostile to your sexuality, a controlling partner, a family coercing you to marry against you will, or if you are being stalked or cyber-harassed there is help available.