We want to let you know that we will be responding to domestic abuse reports alongside a trained NHS domestic abuse specialist in Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe, providing additional support to victims.
Independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs) and domestic abuse specialist nurses from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be on hand to support victims and to help them and their children with their immediate safety and long-term plans.
We recognise that the current advice to isolate and stay at home is proving challenging for many people – but particularly those who are in abusive or violent relationships.
We remain committed to tackling domestic abuse and supporting victims during this period. It’s really important that people are aware that help is still available and that the household isolation instruction does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.
I would also urge friends, family and neighbours to let us know if you think someone might be suffering. Please don’t ignore it.
You can report domestic abuse online at lancashire.police.uk/reportcrime or by calling 101. If someone is at risk of immediate harm, dial 999. If you are unable to speak on the phone, you can ring 999 from a landline and respond by coughing or tapping the handset, pressing ‘55’ when prompted by the operator. This lets the 999 call operator know that it’s an emergency and you aren’t safe to speak.
Domestic abuse support is available from the following:
• Lancashire Victim Services: 0300 323 0085
• Lancashire Refuges: 0300 303 3581
• Fylde Coast Women’s Aid: 01253 596699
• Safenet (Blackpool): 01253 347119
• Wish Centre (Blackburn with Darwen): 01254 260465
• National Domestic Abuse helpline (24 hours): 0808 2000 247
• Men’s Advice Line (national): 0808 801 0327
• Galop (national LGBT+) 0800 999 5428
• Childline: 0800 1111