Domestic abuse and sexual violence support

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. Calling 999 if you are unable to speak. 

We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for people living with domestic abuse. During the Coronavirus outbreak, if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, help and support is available. 


Calling 999- If you’re unable to speak

On a mobile

If you can’t speak but the operator hears something suspicious, they’ll connect you to a police call handler.

If you can make some noise, for example cough, whisper or tap the handset, the operator will connect you to the police.

If you can’t speak, and the operator can’t tell what service you need, they’ll transfer you to the Silent Solution system. This runs a 20 second automated message, and that will ask you to press 55, to be put through to the police.

This does not allow the police to track your location.

On a landline

If you can’t speak and the operator can hear only background noise, they’ll connect your call to the police.


What is domestic abuse?

Anyone can experience domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship, usually by a partner, ex-partner or family member.

There are many types of domestic abuse including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.

You can learn more about domestic abuse and how to recognise it by visiting national websites, including Women's Aid England and Refuge, as well as, those of Nottinghamshire organisations including Juno Women's Aid, Nottinghamshire Women's Aid and Equation


Getting help and support 

A safe space is now available to access domestic abuse support services at Boots pharmacies.  All Boots pharmacies have a consultation room, providing a supported space for people to contact the domestic abuse services. #uksaysnomore SafeSpaces 

 More information for domestic abuse sufferers, during the coronavirus outbreak, is available on the government website 

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