Guinness joins in partnership with two local charities to tackle domestic abuse

09 June 2020

The Guinness Partnership are partnering with Stop Domestic Abuse, in Hampshire, and Rochdale Connections Trust, in Greater Manchester, to widen the advice line support to residents who are victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can come in many forms including physical violence, psychological or emotional manipulation. Some victims, who live with a known perpetrator, are struggling to get the help they need during the pandemic.

Guinness works closely with several organisations to support our residents suffering with domestic abuse, including the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and Women’s Aid. Two years ago, we signed the Make A Stand pledge, led by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, which reinforced our approach to tackling all forms of domestic abuse. And now we’re partnering with Stop Domestic Abuse and Rochdale Connections Trust in response to increased cases in domestic violence during the current pandemic.

Catriona Simons, Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership said:

During this difficult time, victims of domestic violence and abuse can feel more isolated and vulnerable than ever. We are pleased to be partnering with Stop Domestic Abuse and Rochdale Connections Trust to support more of our residents, and the wider community, to enable them to get the help they desperately need.

Stop Domestic Abuse

Stop Domestic Abuse have introduced new measures such as, extended advice line hours for victims and perpetrators along with a pilot virtual “drop-in” for silent contact, which enables people to get in touch with a key worker through their Facebook messenger service.

We will be providing additional support and resources to Stop Domestic Abuse, where we will collaboratively aim to provide help to those who desperately need it.

Jo Eamey, Business Support & Development Director from Stop Domestic Abuse said:

During the current government restrictions we are seeing an increase in the number of referrals of victims of domestic abuse, and we recognise that being confined at home with their abuser both increases the risk to them and makes it more difficult to ask for help. We are delighted that The Guinness Partnership are supporting us to extend our Hampshire Advice Line hours and run a virtual drop in via our Facebook page.

Rochdale Connections Trust

RochdaletrustRochdale Connections Trust (RCT) delivers a range of domestic violence and abuse programmes, along with support and interventions for those who are deemed to be at risk: survivors; male perpetrators of abuse; and the children and young people who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence and abuse in the family home. Guinness will be providing support and resources to ensure that Rochdale Connections Trust can reach as many people as possible.

Rochdale Connections Trust provides Zoom counselling sessions, for victims who are suffering from violence or abuse so they can get the expert help and advice they need. They are also working with men who want to change their behaviour towards women by hosting daily phone calls (these are usually traditional face to face meetings but have been replaced due to current Covid-19 restrictions) from key workers, where perpetrators are given helpful advice and strategies to contain their behaviour.

Unfortunately, this behaviour affects everyone in the family, including children so Rochdale Connections Trust provide therapy based phone support, from qualified professionals, and useful social activities to help children through very difficult home life situations.

Kathy Thomes, Chief Executive of Rochdale Connections Trust said:

I’m really happy that Rochdale Connections Trust will be working with The Guinness Partnership on this important initiative, to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Helpful contact services

Hampshire

The Hampshire Advice Line number is 0330 016 5112 from 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30-5.00 Fridays.

In Portsmouth please call 023 9206 5494.

The virtual drop in operates Monday – Friday from 9.30am – 11am, 3pm – 5pm and 6pm -8pm.

To access this visit Stop Domestic Abuse’s Facebook page and click on ‘Send Message’

Rochdale

Anyone who would like help or advice can contact Jenny Miller at Rochdale Connections Trust by email or phone 07946 651643.

Guinness

We offer free, confidential support to anyone that believes they may be experiencing a form of abuse.

If you want to talk to us, call us on 0303 123 1890 from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday or 9am – 5pm on Saturday if you feel safe to do so.

You can also report abuse to us online.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is open 24/7 for advice and support. Call them on 0808 2000 247.

Remember: if you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 999.