Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
The website is currently under review. The content and layout will be amended in due course. In the interim, key information is still available as set out below.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse and violence, or know someone who is, there is help available - The West Mercia Women's Aid Helpline on 0800 980 3331 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is staffed by trained workers who can offer you support, safety planning, information and advice.
Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm).
In an emergency always dial 999 and ask for police. If you are not safe to speak - call 999 and then press 55. Guidance on the silent calls ("Silent solution"): Silent solution guide (Independent Office for Police Conduct website, opens in a new window).
Any stay at home instructions as a result of Covid 19 does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.
Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent
The bill provides protection to millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators. Website: Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) domestic abuse and your community
You might be worried about yourself or a friend or relative’s wellbeing whilst we are in the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency measures. If so, help is available.
On the Women’s Aid - COVID-19/Coronavirus: Safety Advice for Survivors (opens in a new window) page you will be able to find information and advice about how you can cover your tracks online, access help for you or your children and how you may respond in different situations. There is also information about what support is available if you wish to leave your home and includes information about services available who can help you plan the safest way to leave.
There is also useful advice in the following download Domestic abuse - practical steps for keeping safe during social distancing leaflet. This will provide you with information and advice about ways you can use your smart phone to ask for help, practical steps for keeping safe during social distancing, personal safety apps you can download and what to do if you are worried about a friend or neighbour.
West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre is a free, confidential and non-judgemental support service for survivors who have experienced rape, assault, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional. The trauma caused by sexual abuse may not surface for many years after the event. We treat all calls equally, sensitively and confidentially, appreciating the courage required to break silence, overcome guilt and threats, and share the events of the past whether they happened days or years ago.
West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre (opens in a new window) website will help you find information about our services, about rape and sexual abuse, about helping and being helped. Telephone: 01905 724514.