Domestic Violence & Abuse
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Lockdown has been a difficult time for many people, and the government Coronavirus restrictions have unfortunately meant that many victims have spent more time at home with abusive partners and away from family and friends. It has also meant that some victims have found it harder to contact services as the restrictions, in some cases, have been used by perpetrators as a further means of control.
We want to reassure victims, family members, friends and colleagues that services continue to operate and we encourage people to report incidents so that they can receive the support they need.
Bury has adopted the national definition of Domestic Abuse and Violence (DAV):
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
This also includes so-called honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
If you are in immediate danger, phone 999, or get someone else to phone, and state whether you need the police, ambulance or fire service. Move to a safe place, avoiding kitchens or stairs, and stay near a door for a quick escape. If in doubt, get out.
If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.