It's National Safeguarding Adults Week. The pressure cooker environment can put many relationships under pressure and lead to unacceptable behaviours from partners, ex partners and family members. There are ways that you can help to support someone who is in trouble.
Lockdown and social distancing could be used as a tool to exert coercive and controlling behaviour by abusers to block access to safety and support. What can you do? Trust your instincts! If your ‘gut feeling’ tells you things are not right, don’t ignore it. It could be nothing, but your help could make a real difference. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. If you are, or you suspect that someone you know is being abused in their relationship, you have a number of options.
As a concerned friend or neighbour, you can report your concerns to the police or get advice from the specialist organisations below.