Supporting the Place Shouldn’t Be a Place of Fear Campaign
For some, staying at home as a result of Covid-19, will have increased their risk of domestic abuse, sexual violence and coercive control, and even greater isolation. The need to stay home could increase an abuser’s power and control, with signs of abuse less visible, as victims have had fewer opportunities to access their usual supportive networks such as work, family or community groups.
In support of victims of domestic violence and abuse, the Welsh Government’s Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team continues to promote and develop the Home shouldn’t be a place of fear campaign. This campaign, which is currently being advertised on TV, radio and many online channels, aims to let those at risk of violence and domestic abuse know that help is available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Live Fear Free helpline. Full details are available on the Welsh Government’s website here.
Whether you are a victim of domestic violence and abuse or you believe someone you know may be in an abusive or violent relationship, you can get in touch with the Live Fear Free helpline.
As those affected by domestic violence and abuse or coercive control can be hard to reach, at Calan DVS we are actively promoting the Home shouldn’t be a place of fear campaign along with the Live Fear Free helpline. Our staff and volunteers are encouraged to share information about the support available via Welsh Government campaigns as well as our own services via our centres which are gradually re-opening.
Direct Support from Calan DVS
As recently announced, from the end of June, our centres re-opened to offer emergency and essential appointments for individuals who may require urgent face-to-face support. Our specialist support workers will continue to provide accommodation via our refuges; and for those who are unable to schedule an appointment, our services in Bridgend and Neath will operate a Drop-in service once a week.
For further details of our phased support services, click here.
Says Calan DVS, CEO, Michelle Whelan, “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have continuously supported all Welsh Government campaigns to get the ‘live fear free’ message out all potential victims via our own online platforms and frontline staff . We have also been able to offer emergency support to victims of domestic violence and abuse through our specialist support workers during these unprecedented times.
“Now that the green light has been given to open our centres, we have chosen to do so by taking a phased approach which we believe is the safest way for everyone, including our service users, staff and volunteers.
“Our core message to victims, in line with Welsh Government’s ‘home should not be a place of fear’ campaign is that you are not alone and there are people out there who can offer immediate support. This message is also important to those who believe someone is in an abusive or violent relationship; there are support and information sources available and don’t be afraid to use them.”
In addition to the ‘Live Fear Free’ helpful above, you can also contact our local teams on the numbers below for any issue relating to domestic violence and abuse:
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