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Domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors encouraged to seek help during Welsh firebreak lockdown

As Wales moved towards the firebreak lockdown, the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, issued a direct plea for friends and neighbours to look out for signs of domestic abuse, and encourage victims and survivors to seek help and escape from their homes if necessary.

Specialist services remain open and are available to help victims of harm or abuse during the firebreak lockdown. Perpetrator services, which work to prevent incidents of domestic abuse from happening, also remain open and will continue to provide support.

Jane Hutt said:

"It is vital, if you are at risk, that you should seek support straight away. You will not be in trouble if you need to leave your home to seek help, and specialist services are open and operating, refuges will take referrals, and support is available to help you.

"I want to emphasise this – if you are in danger or need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse, you are allowed to do so – you will not be in trouble. You can cross county boundaries and travel wherever necessary, and specialist services can help find you suitable emergency accommodation and support.

"I urge communities, friends, neighbours, postal workers and delivery drivers across Wales to look out for each other, and act as the eyes and ears for victims of abuse who need help. These are scary times for all of us, but those at risk of abuse could be hanging on to life by a thread.

"It is very important, for your safety and the victim's, that you don't intervene yourself, but you can help by calling 999 in an emergency or Live Fear Free (contact details below). You could be saving a life."

The Live Fear Free helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For contact details, click here.

24/10/20