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As we are all aware, the recent measures put into place to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have had a drastic effect on people’s day to day lives. While these measures are essential to beat the coronavirus and protect the NHS and our essential workers, it is acknowledged that those living with, or who are at risk of domestic abuse may be suffering increased levels of anxiety and fears for their safety.
There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.
For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.
Friends, family, neighbours and community members can be a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse. If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, reassure them that the police and support services are still there to help and direct them to sources of support.
In an emergency call 999
If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls.
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. Then follow the instructions depending on whether you are calling from a mobile or a landline.
If you call from a mobile
If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard - this will transfer your call to the police.
Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.
If you call 999 from a landline
If only background noise can be heard and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, then you will be connected to a police call handler.
If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick up again.
When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Safer Scotland run Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Helpline in confidence – contact: 0800 027 1234 or www.safer.scot
Further advice and support
Further advice and support is available through our website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/domestic-abuse
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