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Abuse Victims Assured of Support Amid Pandemic Shutdown

By Published March 30, 2020

VICTIMS of domestic violence and abuse are being assured that support is still available amid the ongoing Coronavirus shutdown.

While services are changing in response to Government guidance on social distancing, help is there for those in the greatest need.

Middlesbrough Council - in partnership with the authority's specialist domestic abuse services - is reassuring victims and their families that despite changes, everything will still be done to help them.

Neighbours, friends or family members and who are aware of someone at risk or who have concerns are also advised to report them via phone or email to the following services which are still accepting referrals:

 

My Sisters Place

General Enquiries

Call 01642 241864 for guidance if required or the Counselling Service on 01642 256036

Support

Call 01642 241864 or 07873 321371 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook messaging is available via www.facebook.com/mspmbr/

 

Harbour Support Services

Call: 03000 20 25 25

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harboursupportservices

Website: www.myharbour.org.uk

Harbour Support Services can be contacted on its usual number by professionals and the public. Refuge projects are still operating and staff are providing support to clients on the telephone, through WhatsApp messaging and video chat and through the Harbour Facebook page.

 

Halo

Telephone 01642 683045

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Homeless Advice and Assistance

Anyone facing homelessness due to domestic abuse can contact the Thirteen Housing Advise Support Service on Freephone number 0800 130 3667.

Website: www.thirteengroup.co.uk

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Self-service: www.thirteengroup.co.uk/SelfService

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThirteenGroup

 

Adult Safeguarding

Anyone with safeguarding concerns about an adult experiencing domestic abuse should call 01642 065070, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any other time, contact the emergency duty team on 01642 524552

 

Children - South Tees MACH

Anyone with safeguarding concerns around any children who might be witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse should call 01642 130700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

National Helplines

Refuge

Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 08082 000247

Women's Aid webchat service

Chat.womensaid.org.uk Monday to Friday 10am-12pm.

Respect UK

Helpline for male victims of domestic Abuse

Web: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Phone 08088 010327 Mon/Wed 9am-8pm, Tues/Thurs/Fri 9am-5pm

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Claire Moore, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Lead for Middlesbrough Council, said: "In such uncertain times, domestic abuse victims and their families will understandably have a great deal of concern around their accommodation, emotional well-being, child contact and benefits, not to mention their own safety and that of their children.

"The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us, but for victims of domestic abuse and their families the impact can be devastating, and place them in danger.

"Social distancing and isolation can leave victims and their children facing the prospect of being isolated at home with their perpetrator, and this can act as a catalyst in itself.

"We need them to know that we - alongside our specialist domestic abuse services - are continuing to offer help and support to anyone who needs it.

"We also encourage everyone to look out for one another and report if they have concerns."

For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council's support line 01642 729777
For the latest local updates and information, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/covid19

The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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