Wandsworth updates domestic violence help guide amid fears of spike in abuse during pandemic

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Wandsworth updates domestic violence help guide amid fears of spike in abuse during pandemic

Postby Community Editor » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:08 am

Amid the ongoing lockdown as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, fears are growing of a spike in domestic abuse due to families staying at home for extended periods.

Various charities and local authorities across the country are now ramping up their domestic abuse support services in response to the pandemic.

A statement from anti-domestic violence charity Women's Aid referred to the population being in "uncharted territory", with charities and services "bracing themselves for a marked increase in numbers of people coming forward."

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said victims who are isolated with their abusers during the lockdown sparked by Covid-19 will not be forgotten.

In Wandsworth, the council has issued updated advice on services available to help support victims of domestic abuse and the steps residents can take.

If you need help contact:

Metropolitan Police - If in an immediate danger, always call 999. For non-emergencies, dial 101.

Wandsworth Safety Net IDVA service - 020 7801 1777 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

One Stop Shop service - closed until further notice however you can contact a support worker on 020 7801 1777

National Domestic Violence Helpline 24/7 - 0808 2000 247

Wandsworth Foodbanks - 020 7326 9428

Women’s Aid Live - Chat online service Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm

Rape Crisis Live Chat Helpline – available for women and girls aged 16 +.

Opening hours:

Monday: 2 to 4.30pm, 6 to 9pm;

Tuesday: 2 to 4.30pm, 6 to 9pm;

Wednesday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6 to 9pm;

Thursday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6 to 8.30pm;

Friday: 9 to 11.30am.

Housing Options - if you are at risk of homelessness, please contact Housing options duty 020 8871 6840. Out of hours housing after 4.30pm on 020 8871 6000.
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