Join us for UK SAYS NO MORE Week 2020!
This week, May 25th to May 31st, marks UK SAYS NO MORE Week. It’s a time for us to rally together and raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence and the roles each of us play in ending them.
This year, things will look a little different. We would usually be holding events, hosting a rally at Parliament or giving talks to organisations, campaigners and survivors.
With lockdown and social distancing measures still in place, we’re taking our campaigning online. Every day we’ll be sharing ways for us all to respond to domestic abuse during lockdown, as well as the support available during these times.
In response to growing concerns around a rise in domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve launched Safe Spaces with Boots UK, Superdrug and Morrisons pharmacies, as well as independent pharmacies across the country.
Pharmacy consultation rooms in these stores across the UK will be open for people who are experiencing domestic abuse and looking to access support.
In order to access a Safe Space, ask at the healthcare counter to use the consultation room. Once inside, you’ll be provided with information on specialist domestic abuse support services and national helplines.
Download the Boots UK social media toolkit, Superdrug Pharmacy social media toolkit or Morrisons social media toolkit, complete with social media graphics and suggested posts, and post about the scheme online.
Check out our Safe Spaces page for more information.
While lockdown restrictions still apply, we’re all at home a lot more. We all have the opportunity to start #ListeningFromHome by being aware of the signs of domestic abuse and reporting our concerns if we’re worried a neighbour or loved one is in immediate danger.
If you’re a concerned that someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can help by following these guidelines:
- Check-in with victims but be mindful that communication channels may be monitored
- Call 999 if you are concerned for someone’s safety – the police are continuing to offer the same level of support as always
- Use Hestia’s Bright Sky app to contact specialist domestic abuse services
We all have a role to play in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence – including employers. While many of us are working from home, it’s more important than ever for our employers to be aware of the signs of domestic abuse and know how to safely respond and keep employers safe.
Domestic abuse is everyone’s business. We’ll be shining a light on the organisations taking strides to recognise this, and reminding everyone of why it’s so important.