YOU ARE NOT ALONE

22/03/2021

In the last few weeks, many women are rightly coming forward to speak about the experiences they face of harassment, intimidation, assault and abuse.
We are writing to you to remind you of the key signs of domestic abuse and the services that are available for women.
Although these services are not exclusively there for or just needed by women, they are essential in supporting women who are in these distressing and sometimes dangerous situations.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include: • coercive control and ‘gas lighting’ • economic abuse • online abuse • threats and intimidation • emotional abuse • sexual abuse

The government's webpage on spotting the signs has a checklist on what to look out for:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-recognise-the-signs/domestic-abuse-recognise-the-signs#how-to-recognise-domestic-abuse-in-a-relationship

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help

The Home Office is promoting the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number 0808 2000 247 and associated online support available at nationaldahelpline.org.uk