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Safeguarding Week: Day two - domestic abuse


During Safeguarding Week, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its partners are reminding the public about the services available to keep themselves, and everybody else, safe.


Each day, advice will be sent out on a theme, telling the community what signs they should be looking out for, and where to turn to if they have concerns about adults or children.


Although face-to-face events cannot be held during this year’s event, messages on social media and the internet are telling the public that safeguarding services are still working round the clock in the East Riding.


The themes for the week are:


Monday: Keeping Safe

Tuesday: Domestic Abuse

Wednesday: Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Thursday: Online Safety

Friday: Exploitation


Councillor Vanessa Walker, portfolio holder for adult and carer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Often those suffering abuse or neglect do not realise or want to admit that they are a victim and so it is crucial that the awareness of these issues is raised so that people can be safeguarded appropriately.”


Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “Keeping people safe from exploitation and harm is everyone’s responsibility.


“If you are concerned about a child or young person, we need you to report it. There is a lot of help that is available for families.”


For more information on safeguarding go to www.ersab.org.uk (adults) or www.erscp.co.uk (children).

Day two: Domestic Abuse


Children

Children who witness domestic abuse suffer emotional and psychological abuse themselves. The impact of domestic abuse on children is similar to the effects of any other trauma.


If you believe a child is suffering you should report your concerns. The right support needs to be offered to the child and their parents or carers.


To report a child safeguarding concern, call the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership on 01482 395500, or call 01482 393939 outside office hours.


If a child is suffering abuse and requires urgent attention because of immediate danger, call the police on 999


Adults

Domestic Abuse can be an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.


Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. Threats of abuse can be just as harmful.


Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, but people with disabilities are especially vulnerable to domestic abuse.


If you think an adult is at risk, call the police on 999 in an emergency or ring Safeguarding Adults Team on 01482 396940.



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