What is domestic abuse?
Support for yourself or someone you know
If you are concerned about your own safety Clare’s law gives you a way to apply for information about your partner’s history. It also enables a concerned family member, friend, neighbour, or colleague to apply for that information.
Clare’s Law, also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, can help people make an informed decision about whether to continue with a relationship, and provides support when making that choice.
Children overcoming domestic abuse (CODA)
The CODA children's group provided by Bromley Children Project is an evidenced based program, for children who have witnessed abuse against their mother. The groups are to help the children heal after witnessing violence in the home.
There is a mother’s group that runs alongside the children’s group which allows mothers to understand what the children have been learning and discussing.
Hollie Guard app
Download the Hollie Guard app as an extra means of protection. The app has two modes that can help you raise an alarm if you are in a dangerous situation.
The idea of deterrent mode is to make it clear to anyone in your surrounding area that an alert has been raised and to reduce the risk of an attack. The phone will display an obvious red alert screen capturing your GPS location, as well as audio/video footage that may be used to assess danger and collate evidence.
With a second shake of the phone it will generate a high-pitched alarm and a flashing light to attract help.
Alternately, stealth mode allows you to raise an alert silently while displaying a default home screen that would look inconspicuous to the attacker, thereby giving the impression that no alarm has been triggered. This feature is useful in certain situations in which raising an alert could increase the risk of harm if the assailant becomes aware that an alert has been triggered.
Ask for ANI
Pharmacies across Bromley are supporting victims of domestic abuse through the Ask for ANI scheme. When a someone uses the codeword “ANI” or asks for help, the member of staff will ask the victim to accompany them to a consultation room. They will then check whether the victim is in danger and wants the police to be called.
If so, the staff member will offer the use of a phone to dial 999 or make the call on the victim’s behalf. This may be the only opportunity for a victim to contact the police and get immediate help, but in some cases the victim may not need emergency help and the staff member will assist them to contact a national domestic abuse helpline or local support service. They may also contact the police via 101.
Ask for Angela
The safety initiative ‘Ask for Angela’ is being rolled out to bars, clubs and other licensed businesses across London. People who feel unsafe, vulnerable, or threatened can discreetly seek help by approaching venue staff and asking them for ‘Angela’.
This code phrase will indicate to staff that they require help with their situation and a trained member of staff will then look to support and assist them. This might be through reuniting them with a friend, seeing them to a taxi, or by calling venue security and/or the police.
Safe and the city app
Keep safe on the go (safeandthecity.com) app helps people get real-time notifications from official sources to know what's ahead and how to plan your next move:
- Reach emergency services wherever you are.
- Shows the best walking and public transit routes rated by people like you so you are shown the best way.
- Share any incident, where and when they happen on the app to protect your friends and the people around you on Whatsapp, Messenger, SMS, Twitter or preferred social media.
How to make a silent phone call to the police
Call 999 from a mobile
- If you don't speak or answer questions, press 55 when prompted and your call will be transferred to the police.
- Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and doesn't allow the police to track your location.
- If you don't press 55 your call will be ended.
Call 999 from a landline
- If you don't speak or answer questions and the operator can only hear background noise, they'll transfer your call to the police.
- If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again.
- Calling 999 from a landline automatically gives the police information about your location.