Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. This type of abuse includes emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. Men, women, and children can be victims of domestic abuse. 

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You don’t have to wait for things to get very bad before you ask for help. If you are the victim of domestic abuse, please speak to someone.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The pandemic has meant that most people have to stay at home, often with their abuser. However, you don’t have to stay at home if you need to escape domestic abuse. 

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help for more information. This website will also show you how to recognise domestic abuse and to do next. 

If You Leave 

You are not alone. If you plan to leave the abusive relationship, you can ask for help. There are various organisations that can help you, such as:

  • Galop (For LGBTQ+) – 0800 999 5428
  • Refuge (For Women  and children) – 0808 2000 247
  • The Men’s Advice Line – 0808 8010 327

You can ask for help in any participating pharmacy. (They will display the purple logo with a white speech bubble in the middle). Ask for “ANI”. ANI = Action Needed Immediately. The pharmacy staff will offer you some privacy and a telephone, so you can call for some support. 

If you choose to leave please make sure the abuser does not find out where you’re going to be staying. If you need to tell someone where you’re staying, please make sure you can trust them. 

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Make Yourself Heard 

– Calling from a mobile phone

Need to call 999 but you can’t speak? Simply dial 999 and cough or tap your phone keys in response to the operator’s questions. If you cannot make a sound, you could be transferred to the new Silent Solution system. An automated message will last for 20 seconds and will tell you “You are through to the police”. It will ask you to press 55 to be transferred to the police. If you don’t press 55, you will not be transferred to the police.

Once you are transferred, a police call handler will try to communicate with you. They will try to ask you simple “Yes” or “no” questions. If you cannot speak they will give instructions and ask you some questions. They will tell you how to answer the questions. The call handler will assess your needs and arrange for help if it is required.

– Calling from a landline

If you call 999 from a landline the Silent Solution system will not be used. If you do not make an emergency request or you do not answer questions your call will be connected to a police call handler. If you replace the handset you will stay connected for 45 seconds. This is in case you pick the handset back up. If you pick the handset up and the operator is worried for your safety your call will be connected to the police. 

We offer mental health support in Barlby, Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk