Tuesday 12 May 2020
During this pandemic, it’s essential that you keep yourself safe from domestic abuse. We want to make sure that you are aware that domestic abuse has many factors that go beyond a physical attack.
Does your partner withhold your money?
Do they make you wear certain clothes or not allow you to have social media?
Do they sometimes humiliate you or make you feel like you are worthless?
These behaviours can be contributed to those of coercive control and you do not need to tolerate it. We have specialist Domestic Abuse Officers who work with domestic abuse agencies who can help to free you from such abuse and we would encourage those who feel that they are being subjected to coercive control, to make contact with 101 to seek advice, 999 in an emergency or any of the below numbers:
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (also known as Clare’s Law)
If you’re becoming suspicious of your partners behaviour, they are becoming more oppressive, controlling or even violent, we can help you by looking into their offending history and provide you with this information under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) also known as Clare’s Law. If you are concerned about someone else, you can request a disclosure on their behalf and in confidence.
To see if you’re eligible for a disclosure under this scheme please call the Police on 101, use Live Chat on the NWP website and provide details about yourself or the person you’re concerned about and one of our specialist officers will contact you to discuss the next stages.
Additional support tools
There are also apps that you can download for free to your smart phone that can help keep you safe:
Bright Sky uses GPS to find help points nearby, it also offers advice to people in abusive relationships and encourages victims to record incidents and diaries of abuse which can be sent to Police at a later date. This app is disguised so the perpetrator can’t see what it is and opens as a weather app, It is switched to the main app by pressing and holding the screen for a few seconds.
Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. In danger? Shake your phone or tap the screen to generate an alert. Your location and audio/video evidence will automatically be sent to your emergency contacts who can take action to help you quickly.