The UK Government has reminded victims of domestic abuse that their ongoing initiative #YouAreNotAlone remains in place to support people through online and phone services.
The initiative reassures people that help is available for people experiencing domestic abuse and reminds people to call 999 if they are in immediate danger.
People concerned about their immigration status are also encouraged to use the services in place for individuals, families and children.
Influencers and celebrities have also been supportive, retweeting and commenting on the campaign. Nina Wadia, Saira Khan, Beverly Knight Amena Khan, Ebba Quereshi, Hamza Arshad, Meera Syal and Gurinder Chada have all engaged with the initiative via social media.
Natasha Rattu, Director at Karma Nirvana, an organisation which supports the victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage said: “At the moment we are being asked to stay home as much as possible to keep ourselves and others safe, but we know that for some people, home isn’t necessarily the safe haven it should be.
“In some Black and South Asian communities, people worry about bringing shame and losing family respect, which can prevent them from getting help. Honour abuse is a form of domestic abuse and can take many forms including forced marriages and female genital mutilation. Culture is never an excuse for abuse. We want people experiencing honour abuse to know that they deserve to live abuse-free and that help is available.”
“So, if you are living with someone who is hurting you, threatening you or doing anything that makes you feel scared, then it is really important you take action immediately. While it may seem a very difficult step to take, there is support out there for you.”
Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual, emotional and economic and is a crime. More support for victims of domestic abuse is available at gov.uk/domestic-abuse
The Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline run by Refuge for victims in England can be contacted on 0808 2000 247