Help still available for victims despite Coronavirus lockdown

Date: 17/04/2020

Help for victims of violence, abuse and neglect is still available throughout this period of national emergency caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

There has been a national and global increase in the number of domestic abuse cases where lockdown measures have been introduced. This pattern is likely to emerge here in Gwynedd too. Also, more children are likely to be in danger of neglect because they’re not in contact with their teachers and other organisations which usually help keep them safe.

Gwynedd Council is keen to get the message out to vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds that services are still open and help is still available in these times of social distancing and self-isolation.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for community safety, said: “The lockdown put in place to limit the spread of Coronavirus has led to another social problem – it’s a sad fact to think that not all homes are safe, the situation is a cause of concern for all of us.

“Being cooped up all day with an abusive partner or family member, possibly with the added strain of having children in the house all day, may be causing some people real anxiety. I want people to know that public services are still open and available to help.”

Councillor Dafydd Meurig added: “I’m also asking the wider public to be an extra pair of eyes and ears and help adults and children who have been placed in this difficult situation.

“If you think a child or a vulnerable adult is being neglected or abused, please contact the relevant authority. You may be concerned about a family member, a neighbour or a colleague. If you suspect something isn’t right, please pick up the phone or get in touch on-line. Don’t put yourself at risk or do anything which could result in the victim being in greater danger.”

Useful contacts:

Domestic abuse - The national Live Fear Free support line for the victims of domestic abuse is available 24/7:

Children – Please contact Gwynedd Council’s Children and Families Support Services if you’re concerned a child is being abused or neglected: 01766 772577.

Vulnerable adults – Please contact Gwynedd Council’s Social Services if you’re concerned a vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected: 01766 772577.

Emergency – If you think that anyone (adult or child) is in imminent danger, call 999 and ask for the Police.