Release date: 13 May 2020
Since the start of lockdown, West Sussex County Council’s WORTH Domestic Abuse Service has seen a 24 per cent increase in reports of domestic abuse compared to this time last year.
As a result, enhancements have been made to services, support and provisions to ensure they’re able to meet this new level of demand whilst the country is in lockdown.
With this additional support, the WORTH service is now available seven days a week to support anyone who needs help:
- Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm on 0330 222 8181
- Weekends, including bank holidays, 9.00am-5.00pm on 07834 968539
There is also a list of other support and resources available for victims of domestic abuse and friends and family members who may want to help, but don’t know how. These include:
- local support for people being abused
- things you can do if you're in an abusive relationship
- the signs of an abusive relationship
- information for friends and family of people being abused
- national support for people who are experiencing abuse.
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: "Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure that any victim of domestic abuse doesn’t feel like they have to go through their situation alone. There is help out there and the WORTH team are dedicated to do whatever they can to help those individuals get out of their abusive situations in a safe manner.
"It is also really important to remember that domestic abuse doesn’t see gender, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It can happen to anyone at any time and in these strange times that we find ourselves in, I want to say loud and clear that there is #NoExcuseForAbuse."
A male survivor of domestic abuse, who received support from WORTH services, said: "Domestic abuse happens to men - I know, because it happened to me. The first person I spoke to at WORTH was a man and that actually helped me to feel less awkward about the situation, I was believed. Men need to know that if they are going through domestic abuse, they can get help, and that there is nothing to feel embarrassed about."
If you or someone you know needs any help or support, please call the WORTH Domestic Abuse Service directly.