Covid-19 means that people are having to stay in their homes for longer periods of time with household members and with fewer opportunities for contact and support from the ‘outside world’. Sadly, this means that there is a heightened risk for both adults and children of being abused within the home. There has been a rise of 25% in reports of adult on adult domestic abuse since Covid-19 – with many of those cases having children in the home. There is a low report rate of domestic abuse, so the number of people currently suffering abuse will be higher.

If you are worried about your own safety or the welfare of someone else, here is some advice on where to find help:

If anyone is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police

If you are worried about the welfare of a child, contact:

ESCC SPOC: Tel – 01323 464222 https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/professional-resources/spoa/

NSPCC: Tel – 0808 800 5000
https://www.nspcc.org.uk
Children or young people seeking support can call Childline – 0800 1111

If you are worried about the welfare of an adult, contact:

ESCC – Tel 0345 6080 191 https://www.eastsussexsab.org.uk/worried-about-an-adult/

Older people seeking support can call Silverline – 0800 470 8090

If you are worried about domestic abuse, partner to partner:

Outside of office hours call The National Domestic Abuse Helpline 08082000247
East Sussex: CGL https://www.changegrowlive.org/the-portal-east-sussex/info
Call CGL for Domestic Abuse support on 03003 239985 (Central PORTAL number), 01424 716629 (Hastings and Rother) or 01323 417598 (Eastbourne Lewes and Wealden)
Sussex Police also have a useful list of phone numbers here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support- helplines/

If you are worried about hurting the ones you love while staying at home, call the Respect phoneline for support and help to manage your behaviour
https://respectphoneline.org.uk 0808 8024040

Nationally: The Government has issued the following national guidance regarding adult on adult domestic abuse and national contact numbers on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic- abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse#where-to-get-help

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