Many survivors of domestic abuse will feel isolated from their support networks. We have put together some advice and information about support that is available.
It is important to think about what steps can be taken to keep safe.
Try to keep a fully charged mobile phone on you at all times.
Can you have a code word with a trusted person that lets them know it is not safe to talk or ask them to phone the police?
Could you agree a regular time, day to check in with someone?
The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency.
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Ask for ANI
Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) is a codeword scheme developed by the Home Office to provide a discreet way for victims of domestic abuse to signal that they need emergency help.
How does the scheme work?
- Participating departments will have an Ask for ANI symbol on display to let people know that they can approach staff to seek confidential help.
- When a victim approaches a member of staff and uses the codeword or asks for help, the member of staff should offer them a private room ‘safe space’ to talk.
- When in the private room, the staff member will then check whether the victim wants to make a 999 call to the police or if they would like to contact a helpline or talk to the the trust’s IDVA.
What if the person isn’t in immediate danger but would like support?
Useful local support numbers
24 hours National Domestic Abuse Helpline
- Tel: 0808 200 247