Domestic abuse reminder

A reminder for vulnerable people – who may be at risk of domestic abuse – that support services are still available to them as usual during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is highlighting that anyone in need of support and people who are aware of a victim who needs help that domestic abuse support services are still operating.

People who are affected by domestic abuse can contact independent charity Southside on 01225 331243 or enquiries@south-side.org.uk to get in touch with an advisor.

More help is available by calling the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or, in an emergency, dial 999.

Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, said: “Whilst we are all adjusting to the sometimes difficult changes and pressures of self-isolation, we want to get the message out to vulnerable people who may be victims of domestic abuse that they should not hesitate to get in touch with support services if they need them. Despite these challenging times, help and guidance is still there. We don’t want anyone to think they shouldn’t pick up the phone and ask for help because organisations are too busy with the Coronavirus pandemic. Their call is important and they should still make contact if they need to.”

Southside’s website is updated regularly – find out more about Southside’s services during Coronavirus at http://south-side.org.uk/southsides-response-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak/ and http://south-side.org.uk/coronavirus-update-20-03-2020/.

For Twitter updates go to https://twitter.com/SouthsideBanes

Updates on council services can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/coronavirus