That is the message of the Crimestoppers which has launched a new campaign today to help victims of domestic abuse during Coronavirus.
We are backing the charity’s campaign which calls for people who are aware of abuse across the North East to tell local organisations.
Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial and affects one in four women and one in six men during their lifetime.
The charity estimates that a typical victim endures up to 35 assaults before speaking up, and in some cases results in death.
It says neighbours, family and friends may be suspicious, but are reluctant to get involved because of embarrassment, split loyalties or fear of revenge.
As a force, we join them in reassuring people that they can always report their concerns anonymously and our officers will always respond to reports despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Ruth McNee, North East Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing people to stay in their homes, our fear is that rates of domestic violence will rise.
“It’s shocking to think that even in normal times, two women a week are killed by a former or current partner. This is a serious crime that leaves victims feeling trapped, alone and powerless. They are often too scared or vulnerable to seek help or speak out.
“To be isolated during this lockdown in an abusive household must be terrifying, and you must feel so alone, that there is no one to help you. This is where we as a community can step forward. Often in cases of domestic abuse, the community knows something, but struggles to know what to do to help.”
Superintendent Dave Ashton, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, said: “Whilst following the government’s advice to stay at home will save lives, for some home is not a safe place and we recognise that restrictions will be causing worry for many victims of domestic abuse.
“That’s why it is so important to get this message out that we continue to be here for all vulnerable people and if you feel you are in immediate risk of danger, please call 999 and we will come to your aid.”
If you can’t speak then you should use the silent solutions service by dialling 999 and press 5 5.
Crimestoppers is open 24/7 and can be contacted for free by calling 0800-555111.
You can also pass on information online at crimestopper-uk.org