Domestic abuse is police priority in lockdown

By Gazette Reporters
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HUMBERSIDE Police has pledged it is committed to protecting the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. It is appealing to victims of domestic abuse to get in touch, so it can help. Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “During this unprecedented time and the current circumstances, we are doing everything we can to continue to protect vulnerable people and keep them safe. “Anyone who thinks that the social isolation is a free pass for them to behave how they like to people within their household needs to know that we are taking a firm and proactive approach to ensure that this does not happen. You will not be able to hide behind the lockdown – domestic abuse continues to be a priority for us and we will continue to act within the full powers of the law to take action against anyone committing domestic abuse. “We will not allow vulnerable victims to believe that they 
are alone during this time and we will take action against anyone who thinks they can get away with committing offences of this nature. “To anyone that is a victim of domestic abuse, I want to be really clear. We are here for you and we will listen and help you. “We are conscious that there may be people out there that are in lockdown with their abuser and therefore may struggle to reach out for help. “But there are a number of options available, nobody needs to suffer in silence. “You can call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency, but we do understand that for some speaking on the phone may be difficult. “If you dial 999 and press 55, we will know that you are on the line and need help but are unable to speak. We will be able to hear what is happening and can use the information from the call to find where you are and send help out to you.”