When staying home isn’t always safe: Coronavirus and domestic abuse support

Public services and support agencies in Wirral have a message to anyone experiencing domestic abuse during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic: You are not alone, and we are still here to support you.

While residents will be following Government advice and staying home to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, we know that there are vulnerable people in our communities who will be concerned about the prospect of staying home – particularly those who are dealing with domestic abuse, violence, and coercive or controlling behaviour.

Wirral Council continues to work with Merseyside Police and providers of domestic abuse support to maintain essential services for anyone affected during the weeks and months ahead.  

Tom Usher, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:

“While staying home is the safest thing to do to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we know that home isn’t always a safe place.

“The council – and public services generally – are adapting to new ways of working at the moment, but this doesn’t mean anyone suffering abuse is alone. We are still here to help - so please, if you are struggling or in danger, please don’t suffer alone. Text or call us and we will be there for you.”

Advice and information is available by telephone, text message or online services. Sources of support are listed below, and you can find examples of coercive or controlling behaviour at the Women’s Aid website.

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