Help for those at risk of domestic abuse whilst in lockdown
Domestic abuse is defined by Health Assured, employee assistance providers for Leeds Beckett University, as controlling, manipulative behaviour within a family or relationship and extends beyond just physical violence.
Types of domestic abuse include emotional abuse, stalking, threats of violence or intimidation, isolation from friends, relatives or other sources of support, coercive behaviour and financial control.
Taking steps to stop the abuse or escape from the situation and seek support can be challenging both practically and emotionally for individuals experiencing domestic abuse, particularly during these current circumstances.
A recent BBC article highlighted confirmation from home secretary, Priti Patel, that anyone who is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, is still able to leave their home and seek refuge.
If you are worried about your current situation, or worried that someone you know may be at risk, local Leeds charity Behind Closed Doors, is available to offer support and guidance at this time.We understand that it may be difficult to find the space to make a phone call but if able to our confidential employee assistance provider’s helpline 08000305182 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.