Safeguarding: Support for domestic abuse

Continuing with last week’s focus of support for those experiencing domestic abuse, over the past week I have come across more resources that may be of use.

Bright Sky UK have a website and an app that can be downloaded here.

The website has information not only for those who may be facing domestic abuse, but also for those who are worried that someone they know may be facing this.

As the website says “It’s hard to know what to do or say to help someone experiencing domestic abuse. Your first instincts may be to protect and take them out of their situation. But taking direct action could be dangerous for both the person and yourself. Still, there are many ways you can help.”

Here are the ways they suggest you can help:

Another initiative that was in the media last week was Rail to Refuge. It is a joint initiative between rail companies and Women’s Aid in which train operators cover the cost of train tickets for those escaping domestic abuse to travel to refuge accommodation.

Launched in April 2020 at the start of the first lockdown, the scheme has helped get 1348 survivors including 362 children over 5 to safety.