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Safeguarding week 2020 – Police and partners send video message to domestic abuse victims

To mark the beginning of Safeguarding Week, North Yorkshire Police have teamed up with local authority and agency partners to deliver a video message to those living with domestic abuse, to tell them they are not alone.

Featuring representatives from domestic abuse charity IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services), North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire the video is just the first of what is hoped to be a series of videos, which offer information, advice and support to those experiencing physical, mental or emotional abuse.

Watch the video below or listen to the podcast here –

Speaking about the video, Deputy Lead for Safeguarding Chief Inspector Al Wescott said

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve had to consider the challenges currently faced by victims, when trying to access support services. We’ve adapted the ways we offer support and advice, for example offering more services over the phone or online and we’ve thought about different ways we can communicate with victims, who may still be in isolation with an abusive partner or family member, so they know help and support is still available.

“In this first video we wanted to speak directly to victims, to show the range of help that’s out there and available and how all the agencies represented work together to ensure their safety. We talk through what to expect when you first engage with one or all of the agencies in the video, in the hope it removes some of the ‘fear of the unknown’. We hope our message provides some reassurance to anyone who may be living in fear of abuse and provides some confidence to enable them reach out and get some help.

“This is just the first of a series of video conversations we are hoping to hold about domestic abuse. We’re opening up the floor to the public of North Yorkshire and asking them to tell us what topic they’d like us to talk about next. For example, it could be what support services are available to male or LGBTQ+ victims, how we safeguard children who are living in an abusive environment or how to recognise if you are in a coercive and controlling relationship.

“We’ll be sharing a poll across our social media channels and inviting the public to tell us what they’d like to hear about next. For those not on social media – they can email their suggestions or questions to corporatecommunications@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

“The overriding message we want to get across is that you are not forgotten or alone. Please reach out and get help from any of the number of agencies who are still available and working hard to support you.”

Commenting on her involvement in the video, Carmel Offord from IDAS said

“During this incredibly challenging time when victims of domestic abuse have been isolated with controlling, abusive perpetrators, it is more important than ever to raise awareness about the services that can provide support and how organisations in North Yorkshire work together to help keep people safe. We would ask anyone who is worried about themselves, a family member or a neighbour to contact IDAS for advice and support.”

In an emergency always dial 999 and police will respond to you. If it’s not an emergency dial 101. For more information visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/DAsupport

To contact IDAS visit call 03000 110 110 or visit www.IDAS.org.uk

To contact Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire visit www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100

For more information about the services offered by North Yorkshire County Council visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

For more information about services offered by City of York Council visit www.york.gov.uk/ReportAdultAbuseInYork

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