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Statement from CEO Marcia Lewinson
published: 26 March 2020 : updated October 20200
Dear Clients and Supporters, Partners and the Greater Birmingham Community,
In these difficult and uncertain times, I would like to assure you that we are striving to ensure our much-needed service continues whilst following Government guidelines to ensure the safety of ourselves and our clients.
The main objective, alongside our partners, is to continue to support our service users who will find themselves in a position of increased vulnerability.
As our support spans the city of Birmingham and surrounding areas, we continue to suspend face to face support to minimise risk and spread of the COVID:19 virus. This has a led to changes in the way we will be delivering of some of our services over the coming weeks.
The following services will be available to women experiencing domestic abuse.
- Domestic Abuse : Remote 121 support and signposting
- CIP : Remote 121 support and signposting
- Refuges : We are accepting new clients for refuge, however this situation is under constant review
- Counselling : Remote 121 sessions
- Virtual Wellbeing Workshops and Virtual coffee mornings : Virtual workshops will be organised to help combat isolation and prevent loneliness
- Food Deliveries : Where possible we will be arranging food deliveries to our refuges
Experiencing domestic abuse?
It is expected that the levels of domestic abuse will continue to increase during these unprecedented times, due to the pressures of social distancing and self-isolating. The main objective, alongside our partners, is to continue to support our service users who will find themselves in a position of increased vulnerability.
What to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse?
- If it is an emergency and you are at risk please call 999
- If you would like to access support and advice , you need Refuge or to find out how to cope with or leave an abusive relationship / have been in an abusive relationship please call 0121 440 1443 – you may be asked to leave a clear message with your contact details.
How to access refuge accommodation
If you are in need of emergency accommodation please either present yourself at your local police station or to Women’s Aid Hub on the Bristol Road, Birmingham City Centre. You can also contact Women’s Aid on 0808 169 9604
24-Hour FREE Domestic Violence Hotline – 0808 2000 247
The Domestic Violence Hotline is run by Refuge, an independent, specialist charity that supports women fleeing domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence. Their specialist services now support around 6,500 women and children on any given day.
Us this link to find out more about COVID-19.