With a new set of national restrictions now in place, police in Derbyshire are reminding domestic abuse victims that they do not need to stay at home if it is not safe.
Government regulations brought in from Thursday (5 November) until at least Wednesday 2 December say that people must stay home, except for specific purposes, to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
One of the specific exemptions includes to avoid or escape a risk of injury or harm - which includes domestic abuse.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Brian Bilby, from Derbyshire Constabulary's Public Protection Unit, said: “We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone, but for those living in fear of abuse or violence and having to stay at home with an abusive partner or family member it can be particularly distressing.
"Victims and those at risk need to know that if they fear for their safety at any time during the next four weeks that they do not need to stay at home. Help and support is still available through the police and our many partners, and we are working together to keep you safe."
T/Ch. Insp. Bilby added: “We continue to prioritise tackling domestic abuse, despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdown and social distancing measures. You are not alone.”
Anyone who has been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, can report it in these ways:
- If you have any reason to think someone is in immediate danger, or your life may be at risk, call 999.
- If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or can't communicate verbally you can register with the emergencySMSservice. Text REGISTER to 999.
- If you’re experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is, report it by calling 101.
Anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing or cannot communicate verbally should use the textphone service on 18001 101.
More advice and information, along with a list of specialist support services in Derbyshire, can be found at www.derbyshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/