For anyone in the city who may be a victim of domestic abuse and violence, coronavirus can bring frightening and lonely times.
Domestic abuse does not always result in violence but it's still against the law and help is available for you.
It may not be obvious that behaviour is abusive. Domestic abuse can also occur between parents and children, siblings, or other family members (it's not just about those in an intimate relationship).
If you have been subjected to abuse, or feel you may be at risk, or have a friend or family member, who is being subjected to (or at risk of) abuse the Safe to Talk helpline is available Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 1pm. For support call 0800 111 4998.
On this site you will find information about different types of abuse including, domestic, sexual, honour based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). There are links to services that can provide help, whatever your age, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status or any other factors that you may be concerned about.
There is also an online chat function.
The Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (CRASAC) works with women, men and children from five years old who have been raped or abused at any time in their lives. They aim to address the trauma and injustice of sexual violence and abuse through the provision of specialist services and to promote the needs and voices of victims and survivors through training and awareness-raising.
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and potential health implications, CRASAC has adapted the way they work. They continue to offer telephone and/or online support options and have now resumed face-to-face support to some clients.
Contact details: To make a referral, contact their helpline on 024 7627 7777 and leave a message on the answer machine or email [email protected].