We are aware that domestic abuse is likely to increase as a result of the pandemic. The order to stay home might mean people that are vulnerable are inside their homes with abusers, and organisations which would usually spot physical signs of abuse have less contact with people.
Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation and if you are in danger or feel at risk of abuse, please remember there is help and support available. The Council's safeguarding services are open and Bristol social workers are providing essential support across the city. The government has confirmed people who need to leave the house to seek help, can. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the police who will assist you without you having to speak.
While we self-isolate across Bristol, neighbours and communities can support in looking out for children and vulnerable adults, including elderly people, who may be harmed in their homes. If you suspect that your neighbours or those in your community are victims of abuse, we encourage you to report it to the police.
Where to get help
Next Link provide support services, and can help arrange emergency accommodation, for women and girls who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. You can speak to someone on live chat or by calling 0117 925 0680 (10am-4pm, Monday-Friday)
Support for male victims of domestic abuse is available from Victim Support on 07432 504 692 or email: bristolmens.dasupport@victimsupport
National domestic abuse 24 hour helpline: 0808 200 0247
If you are worried that a child is being harmed or at risk of harm you can contact our First Response team on 0117 903 6444 or the NSPCC 24 hour helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free from a landline) or text 88858 (service is free and anonymous)
If you are concerned about abuse of a vulnerable adult you can call Care Direct on 0117 922 2700.
Childline continues to run their services for children who want someone to talk to at this time, including online chat