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Essex organisations work to help the public stay safe at home

Organisations across Essex have come together to help keep residents safe while they spend more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Stay Safe at Home campaign, which launches today, focuses on five risks to people during this challenging time: domestic abuse, child abuse, accidental house fires, fraud and bogus callers.

The campaign has been developed by Essex Resilience Forum, which brings together public sector organisations across Essex including blue light responders, county and unitary authorities, district councils, the voluntary sector, health, highways, to form a coordinated countywide response in times of crisis.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rick Hylton, one of the co-chairs of the ERF, said:

“Our organisations are no strangers to working tirelessly to keep our communities safe, but now more than ever it’s so important to come together to help people feel safe and secure.

“We know there are certain areas that pose a higher risk during these difficult times, and we want to inform and educate our public around what they can do to avoid and lower these risks.

“Where people are unable to avoid these risks, we’ll work to signpost them to a safe place where they can get support.

“Regardless of the situation, our role will always be to keep people safe in their homes, and rest assured, we will continue to do everything we can to achieve this.”

From today, Essex residents will start to see the different messages on social media, Essex organisation’s websites and in local media.

To support or follow the campaign search for #ProtectingandServingEssex , #StaySafeAtHome and #StayHomeSaveLives on social media.

Domestic abuse

These are very challenging times for us all, and while the governments advice is to stay home, for some people, home is not a safe place.

If you are living with domestic abuse and feel even more isolated and at risk please remember there is help available.

If you are in immediate risk of danger call 999. If you can’t speak then you should use the silent solutions service by dialling 999 and press 55.

For more help and support visit Compass at www.essexcompass.org.uk

Domestic abuse victim

Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual which can take place within a close relationship, usually by a partner, ex-partner or family member.

As well as physical violence, domestic abuse can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviour, including threats, harassment, financial control and emotional abuse.

Physical violence is only one aspect of domestic abuse and an abuser’s behaviour can vary, from being very brutal and degrading to small actions that leave you humiliated. Those living with domestic abuse are often left feeling isolated and exhausted. In these challenging times, if you are suffering domestic abuse you may feel even more isolated but please remember there is help available.

For more help and support visit Compass at www.essexcompass.org.uk

Domestic abuse perpetrator

Do you need to change how you treat your partner in your relationship? Do you frequently put your partner down, criticise them or humiliate them? Are you being physically violent, emotionally abusing, controlling or intimidating? In these challenging times, emotions can become heightened but abuse is not acceptable. Change your abusive behaviour by getting help at www.setdab.org

Don’t suffer in silence

The government acknowledges that recent measures announced to tackle coronavirus, such as the guidance to stay at home, can cause anxiety and other mental health challenges for those who have experienced sexual violence and abuse, or are currently experiencing or feel at risk of sexual violence and abuse. Sexual violence and abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses an individual is under.

The government funds a number of charities who are able to provide support and they are ensuring these charities remain open during this challenging time.

If you need help and support please visit www.synergyessex.org.uk