Tackling domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic
We continue to prioritise tackling domestic abuse, despite the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and associated lockdown and social distancing measures.
We are still actively protecting victims and their families and pursuing perpetrators. Officers are also equipped with personal protection equipment (PPE) and can attend domestic abuse incidents reported to us whatever the circumstances.
There are ways to get in touch with us if you have concerns for you or your family’s safety, but are afraid to call because your partner is close by.
If you or your family are in immediate danger always call 999.
If you feel you cannot speak, you can alert us silently by dialling 999 from a mobile phone then pressing 55.
Also consider opportunities to contact us when you and the abuse perpetrator may be apart, such as while exercising or while shopping for food and other essentials.
Domestic abuse affects men and women of all ages and backgrounds. It is not just violence, it can include psychological, emotional, sexual, financial or other abuse. Perpetrators may use the current social isolation measures to exert further control over their victims.
If you would prefer not to contact police directly, there are many independent support services in Hertfordshire that you can contact as well. These include:
Information and advice for anyone affected by domestic abuse in Hertfordshire is available at www.hertssunflower.org.
Herts Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA) on 0300 790 6772 (open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm) which can will signpost you to the correct services.
Domestic abuse information
All forms of Domestic Abuse - psychological, economic, emotional and physical - come from the abuser's desire for power and control over other family members or intimate partners.
Abusers very rarely show their true colours early on in a relationship and, although every situation is unique, there are common factors involved.
Spot the signs
Often a domestic abuser will initially try to explain his/her behaviour as signs of their love and concern, and the victim may be flattered at first. But, as time goes on, the behaviours become more severe and serve to dominate, control and manipulate the victim.
Generally, the more warning signs are present, the greater the likelihood of violence. In some cases, an abuser may have only a couple of behavioural traits that can be recognised, but they are very exaggerated (e.g. extreme jealousy over trivial things).
Read about some examples of behaviour to look out for
Abusers frequently portray a perfectly normal and pleasant picture to the outside world (often they have responsible jobs or are respected and important members of the local community) and reserve the abuse for the privacy of their own home.