Our Raising Teens radio show looks at domestic abuse this week and how lockdown has exacerbated the issue. The National Domestic Abuse helpline reports a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown. This episode aims to raise awareness and provide advice for those who may be listening and need help. Guests discuss all forms of family abuse including child to parent abuse. If you need help or support with this issue, we have included lots of useful resources at the bottom of this post.
Host Guy Lloyd talks to Jane Griffith, Director at the charity CAPA (Child and Adolescent to Parent Abuse), Alex Psaila from Relate and PC Roisin Vafaee from Sussex Police.
Our teen reporter, Lola Ray, talks to a mother and daughter who have experienced domestic violence and child to parent abuse in the home.
You can hear Raising Teens on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey at 7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and online on BBC Sounds.
Listen to previous episodes of Raising Teens:
🔊 Listen to Separated Parenting in Lockdown on BBC Sounds
🔊 Listen to Lockdown Home Schooling on BBC Sounds
🔊 Listen to Anxiety in a Pandemic on BBC Sounds
HELP & ADVICE
In an emergency call 999. If it is not safe for you to speak you can use the Silent Solution system – call 999, and if the operator hears no response, you will be directed to press ‘55’ if you need help. The conversation will then continue in a way that allows the caller to communicate by using yes/no to answer questions.
24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline freephone 0808 2000 247
Refuge, supporting women and children who experience all forms of violence and abuse
Women’s Aid, a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated
Rise, an independent, Brighton-based registered charity that helps people affected by domestic abuse. Rise offers practical help ranging from direct advice to refuge accommodation for those whose lives are at risk.
NSPCC: What is child abuse?
CAPA, responding to Child or Adolescent to Parent Abuse. Supporting parents, grandparents, carers, young people and professionals
Domestic Abuse Survivors’ Alliance, a Brighton-based peer support group for anyone who has experienced, or been affected by, domestic abuse.
The Portal, a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities with a combined experience of over 60 years supporting survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and violence. Freephone 0300 323 9985
Brighton & Hove Council help for victims of domestic abuse
Respect Phoneline, a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them. Freephone 0808 8024040
Survivor’s Network, offering support for those who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
HELP IN LOCKDOWN
If you are self-isolating with someone who makes you feel unsafe, Rise has produced a guide to help you stay safe at home during lockdown
HELP WITH DRUGS AND ADDICTION
Talk to Frank, information about drugs
Young Minds on drugs and alcohol
Childline, information about addiction