SERVICES in the district supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence are still open.

That was the message this week from Bradford Council, which says that as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased people in need of help could have more opportunity to find safe times and places to seek support.

“Victims are not alone and do not have to suffer in silence,” said Councillor Adbul Jabar, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and community safety.

“Domestic abuse is never acceptable and can come in many forms – such as intimidation, verbal abuse or controlling behaviour, including controlling your money.

“Don’t wait until it is an emergency situation to find help. It is important to tell someone. Remember, there are people you can talk to, in confidence, who can give you the advice you need to stay safe.”

Organisations across the district offering support include Bradford Survive & Thrive (0808 2800 999), Men Standing Up (03003 030167), Anah Project (08459 60 60 11) and Bradford Rape Crisis (01274 308270).

Also, the national domestic violence freephone helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247, as well as the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327. Anyone who feels they, or another member of the family, are in immediate danger should call the police on 999.