COVID-19 Service Update: Some services may be operating at a reduced level during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Measures introduced to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) have seen people’s day-to-day lives drastically altered. Government advice to 'stay home' can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. The stay-at-home instruction does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses anyone is under. Domestic abuse does not only occur between couples. It can also involve wider family members, including parental abuse by an adolescent or grown child. It can exist between older siblings, or the wider extended family in elder or honour-based abuse.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Every case of domestic abuse should be taken seriously and each individual given access to the support they need.
Where to get help
Call 999 and ask for the Police - if you, or anyone else, is in immediate danger. The Police are responding to all calls of domestic abuse.
The Silent Solution
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone,
- call 999
- then press 55
This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak. Read information about the Silent Solution (link to pdf)
There may be changes to how some services are operating in the current circumstances. However, a range of help and advice is available, including for those who are concerned about their own behaviour.
For help or advice, please contact one of the following organisations:
Lancashire Domestic Abuse Helpline services
- Blackburn – The Wish Centre: 01254 260465
- Blackpool – SafeNet: 07891/ 01253 347119 & Fylde Coast Women’s Aid – 01253 596699
- All Other Lancashire Areas – Lancashire Victims Services: 0300 323 0085
- Lancashire Refuges: 0300 303 3581 Phone lines staffed 24 hours a day. Updates of bed space is available: www.lancashirerefuges.org.uk
Other areas with services providing domestic abuse support for people in Lancashire
- Burnley – Safenet - https://safenet.org.uk/
- Fylde & Wyre - Fylde Coast Women's Aid
- Hyndburn & Ribble Valley - Harv
- Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative
- Preston Domestic Violence Services
- West Lancashire - The Liberty Centre
Self-help services for abusers
The Wish Centre: 01254 260465 & Relate: 01772 717597
Support for young people
- Visit our Youth Zone website for advice and support available for young people
Support for men experiencing domestic abuse
- Fylde Coast Women’s Aid male IDVA
- Mankind Initiative
- Lancashire Victims Services
- The Men’s Advice Line
Support for the LGBT+ community
- Galop runs a specialist helpline.
Worried about a friend, family member or neighbour
You might be particularly concerned about a family member or a friend at the moment if they are at home with their abuser. Always encourage them to call 999 in an emergency.
If you suspect that your neighbour or someone in your area are victims of domestic abuse, we encourage you to report it to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. They may be unable to get to the phone or be too frightened to report it themselves. Lancashire Constabulary treat all calls with confidentiality and discretion.
Do not approach the perpetrator about their behaviour, this could escalate the abuse and put the person subject of the abuse in further danger. It is also important that you do not put yourself in a dangerous situation.
The Lancashire Police website provides information on how to report domestic abuse, and the signs to look out for.