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17th May, 2022

'The help is out there' - WAITS charity's message to domestic abuse victims

A CAMPAIGN to let people know there is help available if they are in an abusive relationship has been released by the WAITS Women Acting in Todays Society charity.

There are concerns victims are even more trapped, will feel more isolated and could be in more danger during the Coronavirus lockdown.

A short powerful 1min 20sec video has been created as part of the #NoExcuseForAbuse awareness drive.

People who are being abused or know someone who is are urged to report it.

The video also lets people know how to contact the police without having to speak by dialling 55 after calling 999,

Other advice includes creating a secret phrase with a friend to let them know if they are in trouble or download the free Bright Sky App or Hollie Guard App.

Help for Domestic Abuse

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC said in a statement released last week in conjunction with the #NoExcuseForAbuse campaign “I say to victims – you are not alone. Do not doubt it. We know the virus and isolation makes things 10 times worse, so this is a clear declaration that services are there to help.“And I say to perpetrators – stop it now. The police are still working, the courts are still working, and the law will deal with you harshly, as it understands the extra vulnerability of victims during lockdown.”WAITS Women Acting in Todays Society are hugely keen to get this message out and to make it known to as many as possible that we, at , along with other agencies, can still help.Our message is in this video and we would really appreciate it if our message can be spread far and wide.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼Now, more than ever as neighbours, friends and family we need to be aware that some are in a dangerous and abusive situation, something as simple as them seeing this video could give them the incentive to reach out. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼The Hollie Guard app from Hollie Gazzard Trust is available to download, as an app for free as is the Bright Sky app from Hestia Charity.

Posted by WAITS Women Acting in Todays Society on Sunday, 10 May 2020

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC said in a statement released last week in conjunction with the #NoExcuseForAbuse campaign: “I say to victims – you are not alone.

“Do not doubt it.

“We know the virus and isolation makes things ten times worse, so this is a clear declaration that services are there to help.

“And I say to perpetrators – stop it now.

“The police are still working, the courts are still working, and the law will deal with you harshly, as it understands the extra vulnerability of victims during lockdown.”

WAITS – Women Acting in Todays Society – wants to get this message out and to make it known to as many as possible that it, along with other agencies, can still help.

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