DAily Alliance- 16 June, 2020


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domestic abuse stories

Domestic Abuse Services Stepped Up on Yorkshire Coast
As lockdown measures continue, for some members of the Yorkshire coast community the mounting pressure of staying largely at home can be dangerous. Domestic abuse victims face an extra risk factor at being isolated with controlling or violent partners for longer. North Yorkshire County Council is urging anyone who needs support – either for themselves or their friends and families – to contact The Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) as a first port of call. IDAS is a local organisation with resources to help anyone in need – from video calls to emailing. It is the largest domestic abuse service in Yorkshire and during the pandemic, has worked quickly to adapt to changing circumstances resulting from the spread of Covid-19.
-Yorkshire Coast Radio

Don’t suffer in silence – help is at hand for domestic abuse victims
Support continues to be available for Somerset residents affected by domestic abuse with the County Council working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the current health emergency. Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be. Whilst it is still essential that the vast majority of people stay at home, the government acknowledges that the advice to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing domestic abuse. Therefore, the current guidance is that you are allowed to leave your home to flee an abuser and seek help – local support services and the police remain, and will continue to remain, available.
-Somerset Live

Swindon MPs welcome £36k government grant for domestic abuse support service
SWINDON MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson welcomed a £36,930 government grant for the Swindon Domestic Abuse Service. They said in a joint statement: “The service has seen a huge increase in demand due to coronavirus, so we are pleased that this funding has been awarded. “We would like to thank all those volunteers who are currently working hard to support this brilliant local charity. “We would urge any man or woman who believes they may be suffering from abuse of any kind – , psychological, emotional, physical, sexual, financial or economic, harassment and stalking, online or digital abuse, or coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of violence) – to reach out for support by ringing the 24-hour helpline on 01793 610610 or visiting https://swadomesticabuse.org.” 
-Swindon Advertiser

MP Victoria Atkins urged to protect domestic abuse victims
Atkins, who is MP for Louth and Horncastle, is responsible for the Bill in her role as Minister for Safeguarding. The Domestic Abuse Committee will be scrutinising the Domestic Abuse Bill throughout June. The Step Up Migrant Women coalition – a coalition of more than 50 BAME specialist frontline services, migrant and human rights organisations, including the Latin American Women’s Rights Service, Southall Black Sisters and Amnesty International UK – is urging the Committee to offer equal protection to migrant victims of domestic abuse, who are often blocked from accessing refuge beds and other vital support.
-Horncastle News

£120,000 emergency fund lifelines paid out to help protect children from domestic abuse
By providing cash to cover counselling services, education programmes, helplines and intervention services, the fund aims to ensure young people do not become the forgotten victims of domestic abuse as the coronavirus pandemic continues. A total of six organisations have been successful with their bids for funding to provide these services with larger grants given to those covering wider areas. These include Children North East, Streetwise Young People’s Project and West End Women and Girls Centre. It is hoped that the Home Office funding will help keep vital projects going and aid support groups in finding new ways of remotely reaching young people at risk by using social media and new digital technologies.
-Northumberland Gazette




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