Police and Crime Commissioner launches campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse services

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Humberside Keith Hunter has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of the support services available for those affected by Domestic Abuse.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:35 pm
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the risks of domestic abuse are heightened and with many support services having to review their ways of working, it is important to reinforce the message that all of them are still operating, ready to hear from those affected.

The campaign message “Can’t Wait For This To Be Over – Lockdown is no excuse for abuse” and associated messages have been developed by the PCC’s Office in conjunction with local marketing agency Eskimo Soup and stakeholders including the Domestic Abuse leads in each of the local authority areas and specialist service The Blue Door which is commissioned by the PCC.

Mr Hunter said: “In the current COVID-19 lockdown, people affected by Domestic Abuse may be at further risk due to being in constant close proximity with their abuser. We know that there is a clear escalation of risk at this time and the lockdown could also influence new instances of Domestic Abuse where there were none previously as relationships come under strain.

“If anyone is affected or at risk, it is important to raise awareness that support is still available.”

People can call the Client Confidential Helpline on 01482 396330 or the DVAP Operational Team on 01482 396368.

An online chat on the DVAP ERYC website is open 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday.