Domestic abuse organisations issue joint statement

24th June 2019

SafeLives and colleagues from domestic abuse charities sign a joint statement, explaining why it is so important we all take action if worried about someone’s safety. 

“The weekend has been full of comment about the relationship we have with our neighbours.

“It’s not for us to judge what happens in anyone’s relationship, but it is for us all to take action if we are concerned about someone’s safety. That’s a natural human instinct. Let’s support it rather than challenge it.

“Don’t walk on by if you are worried. Ask if they are ok. Tell someone. Call the police.”

Signed  by:

Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive, SafeLives

Isabel Boyer, Chair of Trustees, SafeLives

Nicole Jacobs, Chief Executive, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

Frank Mullane, Chief Executive, AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse)

Sarah Green, Co-Director, End Violence Against Women

Gudrun Burnet, Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

Kelly Henderson, Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society

Jemima Olchawski, Chief Executive, Agenda

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Founder and Director, Surviving Economic Abuse

Mary Mason, Chief Executive, Solace Women’s Aid

Nicki Norman, Acting Co-Chief Executive, Women’s Aid Federation of England

Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters

Nik Noone, Chief Executive, Galop

Nik Peasgood, Chief Executive, Leeds Women's Aid

Rachel Adamson, Director, Zero Tolerance

Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive, Scottish Women's Aid

Frances Beecher, Chief Executive, Llamau

Sian Morgan, Chief Executive, Hafan Cymru

Rory Macrae, National Coordinator, Caledonian System

Jo Todd, Chief Executive, Respect

Anthea Sully, Chief Executive, White Ribbon UK

Mhairi McGowan, Group Manager,  ASSIST

Natalie Reeves, Chief Executive, Citizen's Advice Fylde

Julie Betterton, Founder and Chairperson, Pet Refuge Hampshire

Afrah Qassim, Founder/Director, Savera UK

Henu Cummins, Chief Executive, DAVSS

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are not in immediate danger, you can contact:

  • In England: the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership by Women’s Aid and Refuge): 0808 2000 247
  • In Scotland: the 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234
  • ​In Northern Ireland: the 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414
  • In Wales: the 24 hour Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 
  • Respect helpline (for anyone worried about their own behaviour): 0808 802 0321

For further interviews and comments, please contact natalie.mantle@safelives.org.uk or call 07394560466.