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Staff join campaign to highlight domestic abuse risk

Staff from Swansea Council's Child and Family Services Integrated Family Support including the Domestic Abuse Hub are taking part in a new public awareness campaign to help combat Domestic Abuse.

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The #YouAreNotAlone campaign has been launched by the Home Office aimed at highlighting that anyone at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, is still able to leave their home environment and seek refuge.

Under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, it aims to create a community around those affected and reassure victims that support remains available.

The Council staff have answered the campaign's plea to a take a selfie with a picture of a heart on your palm.

They will be sharing the pictures on social media and tag five or more people asking them to do the same with the message #YouAreNotAlone and the www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse address where people can find out more information including how they can seek refuge safely during lockdown.

There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are but the government has acknowledged that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.

For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.

The Home Office has said the household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Friends, family, neighbours and community members can be a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse.

If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, reassure them that the police and support services are still there to help and direct them to sources of support.

Among those talking part is Megan Stevens form the Domestic Abuse Hub. She said; "With current coronavirus restrictions there is a very real risk of an increase in domestic violence, emotional abuse or coercive control.

"We just wanted to let people know #YouAreNotAlone. Despite the current restrictions should you experience this help is still here for you.

"If you need help The Wales Live Fear Helpline: 0808 80 10 800 or info@livefearfreehelpline.wales

"In an emergency then call 999 and ask for the police."

Swansea Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop is currently closed to the public, but specialist agencies can be contacted over the phone.

Further details are available https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/56817/Swansea-Councils-Domestic-Abuse-Hub-and-IDVA-Project

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