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‘Break the Silence' Call Over Lockdown Abuse Fears

By Published November 17, 2020

FAMILY members, friends and neighbours are being urged to look out for and report signs of domestic abuse during the second pandemic lockdown.

They're encouraged to help ‘break the silence' by reporting any worries or concerns about those at risk. 

Home is not safe for everyone - those in abusive relationships are at increased risk during lockdown as they have no escape from their abusers and risks can intensify.

Working alongside a range of support services, Middlesbrough Council is continuing to reach out to victims and to reassure people that help is there for those in need.

Claire Moore, Middlesbrough Council's Lead for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, said: "As we enter another lockdown we know that families, friends and neighbours might be worried about someone or a family and victims/survivors of abuse may feel particularly isolated.

"We want to reassure people that support services are still open and can help - I'd urge everyone to look out for one another and let us know if you have concerns."

Councillor Dorothy Davison, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, added: "Abusers can and will take advantage of lockdown to further isolate their victims and that can be a very lonely place.

"We're doing all we can to protect those at risk in terms of their accommodation, their physical and emotional well-being and the safety of their children.

"But we also need people out in the community - family, friends and neighbours - to keep a look-out and report any concerns they may have."

  • If you believe someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999. Do not worry they will be angry with you for calling. You don't have to give your name if you are afraid for your own safety.
  • If you want to report abuse but there is no immediate danger call police via 101
  • Specialist domestic abuse services for support or information - services are all very much open and available and offer confidential non-judgmental support and information to victims and survivors of abuse and their friends and families:

My Sisters Place 01642 241864  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harbour Support Services 03000 20 25 25  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Halo 01642 683045 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone concerned about a child witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse should call the Middlesbrough Multi-Agency Children's Hub on 01642 726004.

Concerns over vulnerable adults who may be experiencing domestic abuse should sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01642 065070.

  • Lots of information is also available on the Middlesbrough Council website:       












For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council's support line 01642 729777

The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

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