Surrey Domestic Abuse Briefing
Surrey Domestic Abuse Partnership has produced a briefing containing advice for keeping people safe from domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. To download the full briefing click here.
Key Safety Advice to give to survivors (further info on each of these is provided in the briefing)
- • Encourage survivors to try and keep a mobile phone with them and charged at all times if possible.
• Ensure survivors are aware of the Silent Solution system
• Ensure survivors are aware that they are still permitted to leave their relationship during this time (however their options on where to go maybe limited). The Home Secretary has made a specific announcement on this issue
• Reassure survivors that the Surrey specialist Outreach Services are still open and able to provide advice, information and support via the phone, email and online chat
• Provide advice about safety planning both for staying at home and if they are intending to leave their relationship during the pandemic – this should include showing them how to access the Bright Sky app, Hollie Guard and specialist support services
• Ensure survivors know how to delete their browsing history on both phones and computers, useful tips can be found here https://www.womensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks-online/
- The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency.
Further information that should be given to survivors:
Information about domestic abuse and help and support available can be found at: www.surreyagainstda.info
All Surrey specialist Outreach Services are still operating during this crisis and will support survivors who contact us. We understand that the measures we are all having to take to reduce the spread of the virus are particularly difficult and potentially dangerous for those experiencing domestic abuse which is why we are determined to keep running our vital services. SDAP outreach services offer an independent, confidential, listening service to anyone affected by domestic abuse. They are free and impartial services, which can assist by giving practical help and
emotional support as well as providing information on a wide range of issues including housing, benefits, safety planning and the needs of children affected by domestic abuse. They can also assist with accessing refuge accommodation if you need to leave your home in order to keep yourself safe. SDAP’s outreach services provide support to any victim of domestic abuse regardless of age, gender, sexuality or race.
- East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services: 01737 771350 9am to 4pm (Serving Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge)
- Helpline: The Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline provided by Your Sanctuary is available from 9am till 9pm seven days a week Tel: 01483 776822
- Online Chat: The Your Sanctuary online chat service is available here: https://www.yoursanctuary.org.uk/chat