HELP is available for people suffering domestic abuse.

That’s the message from a new campaign, launched by Bradford Council in conjunction with partner organisations.

The Can’t Hide, Can Seek initiative will use means such as posters, radio adverts and social media to highlight the support on offer.

It is feared that during lockdown, people may have been forced to spend an increased amount of time in dangerous or high-risk abusive situations – with fewer, or no, family or friends visiting.

Superintendent Steven Greenbank, chairman of Bradford’s Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Board, said: “The reality of living with Covid-19 in our society has meant people are spending more time at home to control the virus.

“Sadly, for anyone experiencing domestic abuse there can be little or no chance to hide or escape from an abusive situation.

“If this campaign resonates with you, if you think you are experiencing abuse or you simply want to reach out for a friendly ear, our specialist services are ready to listen, when you are ready.”

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, welcomes the campaign.

He added: “Domestic abuse is never acceptable.

“Nobody should feel unsafe in their own home or anywhere else and no one should carry the burden of current or past abuse alone.

“I urge people to reach out for the specialist support available in our district.”

There are various organisations and services offering help.

They include Bradford Survive & Thrive, which provides a single point of contact for victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse. Phone 0808 2800 999, weekdays, 9am to 5pm.

The national 24-hour domestic abuse helpline can be contacted on 0808 2000 247 or

Anah Project – 0845 960 6011 or – provides support, including a safe place to stay, for women escaping any form of abuse.

Men Standing Up – 0300 303 0167, weekdays 9am to 4.30pm or voicemail outside of hours – is a helpline for men suffering from domestic abuse.

Bradford Rape Crisis – 01274 308270 or – is for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Anyone who fears they are in immediate danger should call 999.