MP backs further support for domestic abuse victims

Mark Menzies has highlighted the extra support for domestic abuse victims during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government has given an initial £2 million to support domestic abuse helplines and online support for those needing to report abuse and talk.

The Home Office is working with charities and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner to ensure this money is being spent where most effective and that frontline charities and organisations have the help they need.

Mr Menzies said: “I am pleased to see this funding, which will help these services ahead of the £750 million boost for charity organisations which is being put in place now by the Government.

“Domestic abuse charities can apply for further funding once that scheme is fully up and running.

“These are very difficult times and those living under the shadow of domestic abuse need our help now more than ever.

“The Home Secretary has set out what actions the Government is taking to support Domestic Abuse victims as well as increasing awareness of where people can access help.”

From this week, adverts are running across social media showing where people can get help and materials will be made available to wide range of partners including charities and supermarkets.

Help is available via a 24 hour freephone helpline, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, on 0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge) and online at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Anybody requiring urgent medical or police assistance should call 999. For those at risk, unable to say over the phone what help is needed, they should stay on the line and when prompted by the operator dial 55. This will let the emergency services know that it is a domestic abuse incident and does not put the victim at further risk.