Bangla sanglap desk: The government is reminding victims of domestic abuse that police response and
support services remain available for victims and their children during the
coronavirus pandemic through the ongoing #YouAreNotAlone initiative.
Domestic abuse includes physical, psychological, sexual, emotional and economic
abuse and can be carried out not only by a partner or ex-partner, but also family
members. Whoever the perpetrator and whatever form the domestic abuse takes, all
domestic abuse is a crime.
The campaign reassures victims of domestic abuse that they can still leave home to
seek help during the COVID-19 pandemic, if this is possible. Anyone in immediate
danger should call 999 and the police will respond. Anyone who is worried that they,
or someone they know, may be experiencing domestic abuse can find support at
gov.uk/domestic-abuse or by calling the freephone 24-hour national domestic abuse
helpline being provided by Refuge on 0808 2000 247.
For victims of domestic abuse who are concerned about their immigration status, the
message is the same, you are not alone, police response and support services
remain available for victims and their children.
Natasha Rattu, Director at Karma Nirvana, an organisation which supports the
victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage said: “At the moment we are
being asked to stay home as much as possible to keep ourselves and others safe,
but we know that for some people, home isn’t necessarily the safe haven it should
“In some Black and South Asian communities, people worry about bringing shame
and losing family respect, which can prevent them from getting help. Honour abuse
is a form of domestic abuse and can take many forms including forced marriages
and female genital mutilation. Culture is never an excuse for abuse. We want people
experiencing honour abuse to know that they deserve to live abuse free and that
help is available.”
“So, if you are living with someone who is hurting you, threatening you or doing
anything that makes you feel scared, then it is really important you take action
immediately. While it may seem a very difficult step to take, there is support out there
Find more support at gov.uk/domestic-abuse or call one of the following helplines:
o The Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline run by Refuge for
victims in England: 0808 2000 247
o The 24-hour Live Fear Free helpline for domestic abuse victims in Wales:
0808 80 10 800 or text 078600 77 333.
o The Men’s Advice line offers support for male victims of domestic abuse:
0808 801 0327.
o The National Honour-Based Abuse helpline run by Karma Nirvana offers
support to victims of “honour”-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999
o The national FGM helpline, run by the NSPCC, offers guidance and support if
you are concerned that someone has experienced, or may experience, FGM:
0800 028 3550.
o The National LGBTQ+ helpline offers support for LGTBQ+ victims: 0800 999