Raised levels of anxiety and stress, or illness, in a home where relationships are under strain, can be a trigger point.
This is usually true during periods of extended time spent with the family, for example, school holidays or the Christmas break, but the national lockdown will bring the same issues to the surface.
It is also potentially a time of greater risk, when social distancing and isolation may encourage coercive and controlling behaviours, as stricter routines and fewer opportunities to get out become apparent. Especially for those where going to work or school was a refuge from a situation at home.
We are asking families to come together, and use this time to work on defusing the potential for situations to escalate into domestic abuse.
View further information and advice of where to get help.
Keeping yourself safe online
Sadly, there are people who will try and take advantage of you, particularly at times likes this. View the advice about staying safe online and door step scams to help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.
If you want to give back to your community and support us, we have multiple different volunteering opportunities available.
Whether you would like to support us from an admin side, on the front line or be part of your community by joining our watch schemes, we have multiple roles that could suit you.
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