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Coronavirus staff guidance University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Coercive control and domestic abuse

Last updated: 28 October 2021 at 15:11

Domestic abuse can affect anyone. Not everyone’s home is a safe and happy place.

Many women, men and children will now face an increased risk of control, abuse and violence and may feel that accessing support is more difficult.

We all have an opportunity to respond in these uncertain times. If you or someone you know is being abused please ask for help.

Claire Phillips (QEHB)

Tel : 07557598841

Sarasvathi Arulampalam (Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals)

Tel 07880070131

General email


Debby Edwards (Domestic Abuse Project Lead)

Tel: 07810156067

The frequency and severity of domestic abuse can vary dramatically. The one constant element of domestic abuse is the abuser's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over another.

Coercive control and domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current/previous partner or close family member please reach out for support.

You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed or confused. If you have children it may be that they too are suffering. Remember that you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone and above all you do not have to suffer in silence.  

Help and support

West Midlands Police

The Police are continuing to work to keep people safe from domestic abuse - call 999 if you need to. 

Domestic abuse can also be reported to the Police by via their website. It's easy to use and could be safer than calling:

Bright Sky app

Download the Bright Sky app for support and information if you're experiencing domestic abuse, or if you're concerned about someone you know.

A link is available in the "Other websites" section

24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Tel: 0800 2000 247

The Waiting room

The national confidential helplines and are also still open. Please find details here:

Rape & Sexual Violence Project 

Tel: 0121 643 0301


Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid

Tel: 0808 800 0028 (Monday to Friday, 09:15–17:15)

Women Aid Live Chat

Available Monday to Friday, 10:00–12:00:



Tel: 0800 999 5428 (Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10:0–17:00 and Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00–20:00)

Birmingham LGBT

Tel: 0121 643 0821


Respect, Men’s Advice Line

Tel: 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday, 9:00–17:00)

ManKind Initiative 

Tel: 01823 334244 (Monday to Friday, 10:00–16:00)



Tel: 0800 1111 (Monday to Sunday, 09:00–00:00)

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