During this current lockdown, inevitably there will be a rise in domestic abuse with people locked in with their abusers. whether
it be physical, emotional or financial abuse In recognition of this, Sussex Police have assured us that they will address this as one
of their highest priorities.
Advice has been updated for officers to give to DA victims to help keep themselves safe during this time, including offering video or telephone appointments to improve accessibility to officers. Also,
the '55' technology is in place for those too scared to speak, to
alert a call handler to the fact they need help by pressing 55 on
their phone once they've dialled 999.
The next step is an external DA campaign targeting people without access to the internet and signposting them where to go for help using banners or posters at supermarkets, medical centres and pharmacies.
It is good to know that such effort from Sussex Police is going in
to supporting victims of DA at what is a stressful time for
everybody, let alone those suffering some form of abuse within
their own homes.
The #YouAreNotAlone campaign has been launched nationally by
the Home Secretary with the aim of reassuring domestic abuse sufferers that support is still available. There is a 24 hour National Domestic Abuse helpline number on 0808 2000 247 and all local support services can be found on www.safespacesussex.org.uk
Councillor David Simmons
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Executive Member for Finance and Deputy Leader at Adur District Council
Councillor Angus Dunn
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