HEALTH officials have raised concerns over a drop in numbers of people seeking help for domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown.
GPs in County Durham are urging anyone suffering from domestic abuse, or anyone concerned that someone they know could be a victim, to ask for help.
Dr Chandra Anand, GP for Safeguarding Children and Adults, NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Since the government’s stay-at-home guidance was issued we have seen fewer people than usual seeking help for domestic abuse in primary care.
“We need to reassure anyone suffering any form of domestic abuse, including physical violence, psychological abuse or coercive and controlling behaviour that support services including GP practices remain open and available to help during this time.”
Anyone in immediate danger from domestic abuse should call 999 – and press 55 on a mobile if they are unable to talk.
“We know that home is not a safe place for those experiencing domestic abuse and the much-needed respite often provided by work and school may no longer be available during these times, added Dr Anand.
“Therefore it is more important than ever that people know there are support services still available to help.”
Harbour Support Services is continuing to support people affected by domestic abuse.
Services are still open and able to support people in refuges, through telephone and video support sessions.
Harbour can be contacted on 03000 202 525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help is also available at Gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse