Supporting victims of domestic abuse

The recent national measures to tackle Coronavirus (COVID-19), such as the order to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under.

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.

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) is a county-wide service designed to reduce the level of domestic abuse and improve the safety of victims and their families.

Website: www.gdass.org.uk

If you need help or advice please call their helpdesk on 01452 726 570 (phone lines may be busy) or email support@gdass.org.uk they are open 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police – If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999, and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak. Please be aware that pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.