Last month, we published a document containing information on Juno Women’s Aid’s response to COVID-19. The document contained messages from Juno’s CEO, Yasmin Rehman, our board, our key messages, and local Nottingham contacts for domestic abuse.

Much has changed in the past four weeks, but our key messages remain broadly the same:

  1. The 24-hour domestic and sexual abuse helpline is still operational. Please call 0808 800 0340 for support and advice for survivors of domestic abuse.
  2. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999.
  3. Juno’s staff is in daily contact with survivors and their families in refuge as part of ongoing support.
  4. All face-to-face contact has been suspended in line with government advice. This includes The Freedom Programme, Stronger Families, Escape The Trap, work in schools and volunteer programmes. Where possible, support is being offered via 1-1 telephone calls.

Our services response to COVID-19

Emergency Refuge Accommodation
We are still open and supporting women, children and young people in our refuges. Juno’s staff is in daily contact with all the women and children to ensure that they are safe and well.  When a vacancy arises we are taking referrals via the helpline to meet the needs of women and children in crisis.

Volunteering
We are not training volunteers at the moment due to COVID-19.

Helpline
The Helpline is operational 24/7 , 365 days a year. We have increased capacity to meet demand.

County Survivor Advocacy Support Service (SASS) and Children and Teen Service (CATs)
The County SASS and CAT’s team are all working remotely and supporting women and children. If you live in the south of the County and need support, you can make a referral via our website.

City Survivor Advocacy Support Service (SASS) and Children and Teen Service (CATS)
The City SASS and CAT’s team are all working remotely and supporting women and children. If you live in Nottingham City and need support you can make a referral via our website.

How you can help

Thank you to everyone who has already donated via our Amazon Smile wishlist. These items are being safely distributed weekly by Juno Women’s Aid’s staff to the survivors they work with. We are updating this list as and when items are requested by survivors and staff. The items in this wishlist can help ease anxiety and frustration, as well as help with the mental health and wellbeing of families, during lockdown. We’ve included some PPE equipment to help protect our support workers, too. There’s something for every budget; if you could buy just one thing from this list, it will be very very much appreciated. Please keep checking!

If you don’t already, follow and like us on Facebook and Twitter. We post daily industry and organisation-wide updates as well as key messages for survivors and supporters. Please share our posts if it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions, comments or would like further information, please contact [email protected]