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Domestic Abuse safety advice and support

Alert message sent 09/04/2020 17:43:00

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Domestic Abuse - safety advice and support.

Domestic abuse can affect anyone, female or male, young or old. Whilst we all need to comply with current instructions to stay at home and away from others in order to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, victims of domestic abuse are even more isolated and vulnerable than usual.
 
If this is happening to you and you are in a situation where you are fearful for the safety of yourself or someone else in the property, always call 999. if you are in a situation where you can’t speak to the operator, call 999 and dial 55. If you suspect that domestic abuse is happening to someone else right now, again, please report your concerns straight away via 999

There are also support services available if you’re experiencing domestic abuse or are a survivor of it:
 
- The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by the charity Refuge. They offer specialist support for both female and male victims of domestic abuse. It’s free and open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.
 
- Victims First, who provide free emotional and practical support to witnesses and victims of crime in the Thames Valley area. You can request support by phoning 0300 1234 148 or online at www.victims-first.org.uk
 
Safe! Project Oxfordshire. If you are a child or young person aged 5 to 18 years old (or up to 25 years old if you have additional needs), live in the Thames Valley and have been hurt by crime, SAFE! can offer you support. You have a right to feel safe at home, in school, work or college, in your street and in town. Contact them free of charge on 0800 1337938 - http://www.safeproject.org.uk/

 
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Alison Drury (Police, PCSO, Kidlington)

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