COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Domestic Abuse Services
The Sutton Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop, which runs on a Wednesday morning as a drop-in session is open.
Our Independent Domestic Abuse Advisers (IDVAs) are available to offer face-to-face support and guidance to help you at Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 1SN on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am – 11.30am.
The drop-in sessions will be conducted with COVID-19 safety measures in place, i.e. observing social distancing, wearing masks unless exempt, ensuring that hand washing facilities are available etc.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse support is available – contact Transform on 020 8092 7569 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to speak to someone out of office hours you can call the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline free on 0800 2000 247.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Sutton Council are providing the latest information and advice on the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation on their website.
Boots and Superdrug offer safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse
People living with domestic abuse are able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacies, Superdrug pharmacies and more than 60 independent pharmacies nationwide. Those needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they can collect their thoughts and contact local services or national helplines for help and advice.
Charity Hestia launched the scheme in response to the situation many people are currently facing to provide an opportunity for those who need help to get it. You can find out more about the scheme here.
Ask for ANI codeword scheme
If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can ‘Ask for ANI’ at Boots pharmacies and other independent pharmacies in Sutton as a codeword for needing help.
By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer you a private space where they can understand if you need to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helpline.