For most, our homes are our sanctuary. Unfortunately for some, they are also places of danger. As COVID19 hit the UK, we have all had to make changes to our daily lives and routine, and get used to being home a whole lot more than usual. It comes as a sad reality that because of this, many people across the country are now imprisoned in environments of domestic abuse and violence.
Many charities and domestic abuse campaigners have reported an unprecedented increase in calls and outreach form those living in abusive households. Lockdown has lead to people being exploited and manipulated, and left feeling trapped.
It is essential that we raise awareness across the UK to inform and support those who need it most. Hey Girls have joined the national #YouAreNotAlone campaign, which provides key messages to help anyone identify the warning signs of domestic violence, as well as highlight the services which are still available to anyone in need.
Your support saves lives. This is our opportunity to show solidarity and raise vital funds for organisations on the front line of domestic abuse. That’s why our latest range of pants have been designed with impact. The #YourAreNotAlone Red Period Pants are available to buy online, and in true Hey Girls style, your purchase generates impact. £5.00 from the sale of every pair of Red Period Pants will be donated to women’s shelters across UK. Choose from our red bikini’s or red shorties!
You can also donate directly on the Hey Girls website, as well as join the campaign on social media. The Hey Girls team have come together to show #YouAreNotAlone, so why not take your own selfie and use the hashtag to light up our newsfeed like never before!
It is vital that we show support and raise awareness that domestic abuse, in any form, is unacceptable. If you are controlled or physically, sexually, economically or emotionally abused by a partner, ex-partner or family member, this is domestic abuse. Household isolation rules do not apply. Police and support services remain available.
We define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.
- Domestic abuse can happen to anyone.
- It is not always physical.
- Perpetrators are always responsible for the abuse.
- Domestic abuse is about power and control, and inequality between men and women.
- There are many reasons why women often can’t just leave an abusive partner, from lack of access to money, to language barriers, or fear of the consequences of trying to leave.
- Survivors need to be listened to, believed, supported and not judged.
If you are in immediate danger, or suspect someone else is, call 999.
If you are unable to talk, call 999, listen to the operator and then either press 55 on a mobile, when prompted, or wait on a landline to be connected to the police, who will be able to help.
If you’re worried you, or someone you know, may be experiencing domestic abuse, there are people who can help:
- Refuge for Women & Children, 0808 2000 247
- Respect Men’s Advice, 0808 801 0327
- Galop LGBTQ+, 0800 999 5428
- NCPCC Children’s Helpline, 0808 800 5000
- Respect Phoneline for women & men who are harming others, 0808 802 4040
To find out more about the #YouAreNotAlone campaign, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help.