Domestic abuse and covid-19

Covid 19- does not cause Domestic Abuse, only abusers are responsible for their actions. The pandemic has, however , escalated abuse and closed down routes for women to escape.

Survivors have reported escalating abuse and having to live in lockdown with an abuser due to Covid-19 will be less able to get breathing space. It will be harder to text or phone to get support from friends and family and specialist support services

At Glasgow Women’s Aid ,there has been a 40% increase in calls/ contact during lockdown and Covid-19 and because of the increased volume of calls and complexity of the abuse additional staff were recruited.

THE NEED FOR SUPPORT FOR WOMEN EXPERENCING DOMESTIC ABUSE

1:4  women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

2 women per week are murdered by a partner or ex  partner

In Scotland between 2017-2018 there were more than 59,941 reported incidents

On average  a woman will be assaulted 35 times before contacting Police

Leaving abuse is a process

Domestic Abuse is a crime in Scotland

In 2020 :

30,000 cases in Scotland were reported to Police Scotland.

The highest number of cases in 4 years

9 /10 women being victims and men perpetrator

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP:

OrganisationContact Details
Domestic Abuse 24 hour Helpline0800 027 247
Scottish Women’s Rights Centre0141 331 4185
Shelter Scotland ( Housing Rights )0808 800 4444
Scottish Children’s Centre0800 328 8970
Amina Muslim Women’s Centre0141 585 8026 / 0808 89 0301
ASSIST (for women and children going through court system)0141 276 7710
Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre0141 552 3201
Glasgow Women’s Aid0141 553 2022
Hermat Gryffe Women’s Support0141 353 0859
Sandyford Family Planning0141 550 7557
Glasgow East Women’s Aid0141 781 0230

Pics from our Sociology class.

We have been running a Sociology class this year to introduce our women to debating and behaviours in society. It has been such a success that we are offering something completely new in 2021 – Criminology.

Criminology is the study of crime and deviant behaviour in society. We will be exploring and debating the reasons why people commit crime, theories, the Prison system and examples of different crimes and punishments around the world. We will also be looking at different topics in this unit such as Human Trafficking, Drugs and Violent crime. If you are up for a debate, then this is the course for you!  The course will run from January to spring and classes will be held on zoom. Please email donna@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk if you would like your name added to the list or more information.

Sew2gether zoom class photos

We have been running an online Sewing class for 4 weeks now and it is going great. The session runs in 6 week blocks. If you are interested in joining us on zoom in the new year please email donna@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk to be added to our list. There are only 15 places in each block so please register early.

Our team meetings

The Women’s Centre staff hold weekly zoom meetings. We plan our working week together as a team and keep checking in with each other for our mental health. Two of the staff team were in the building which made it much more fun on the screen. 

Winter Programme starting in 2021

Level 1 Food Hygiene Certificate 

This is the national REHIS certificate delivered online by a qualified college lecturer> the course will be a combination of textbook, workbook, pre-recorded videos from the lecturer and face to face Zoom as well as online support. As with the normal delivery there is a multiple choice exam at the end which will be conducted online.

First Aid Certificated

This certificated First Aid course will be delivered on line with a face to Face element to meet the requirement of certification by a qualified college lecturer.> The course will be a combination of Textbook, workbook, pre-recorded videos from the lecturer and face to face Zoom as well as online support. As with the normal delivery there is a face to face teaching and observation element of resuscitation methods

Health and Relaxation 

This focuses on learning how to use massage and relaxation techniques to improve health from your home. This eight to ten week course is delivered online by a Health and Wellbeing lecturer. 

Beauty and Self care 

This focuses on learning how to take care of your skin and useful make up tips from your home. This eight to ten  week course looking at makeup and skincare is delivered online by a health and beauty lecturer

Click to Connect Stage 1 SCQF Level 3

This introduction to computing course will offer a qualification at SCQF level 3. It will be run online and will look at the basics required to start using a computer, laptop, I-pad or notebook and will include how to set up your own e-mail address and tips on word processing.

Criminology

Criminology is the study of crime and deviant behaviour in society. We will be exploring and debating the reasons why people commit crime, theories, the Prison system and examples of different crimes and punishments around the world. We will also be looking at different topics in this unit such as Human Trafficking, Drugs and Violent crime. If you are up for a debate, then this is the course for you!  The course will run from January to spring and classes will be held on zoom.

2021 brings a New Year and new goals and possibilities. Have a look over our new winter programme. Please email donna@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk to book your place.

Recommended Reading – Friday Feminist Five

We would encourage everyone to take a closer look and subscribe to the “Friday Feminist Five” newsletter that Engender publish.

If you are on their mailing list, then each Friday you will receive a newsletter into your email inbox with the top 5 topics for that week. The information is very much aligned with the work that we do here at the Women’s Centre Glasgow to help, support and empower women in the local community and beyond.

Below is an extract from the newsletter that Engender published on Friday 31st July 2020. You can receive your own copy to your inbox every Friday by joining Engender today.

One: How has lockdown impacted women’s health services in Scotland?

Health and social care services, and decisions over how they are run, have a major impact on women. This is not only as service users with particular needs and experiences but as the majority of both older people and unpaid carers in Scotland. Women are less likely to receive treatment generally, as women’s pain and diagnosis are treated differently to that of men. Responding to Covid-19 has necessarily resulted in a significant reorganisation of the NHS. Screening, including breast and cervical screening programmes, has been paused indefinitely.

This cancellation and limitation of routine care may have particular consequences for older women and some BME groups who have higher risk of particular cancer diagnosis. Reduced routine appointments due to lower service provision may impact upon rural women who may have considerable distances to travel to access appointments. You can read more about our concerns around women’s health and Covid-19 in our submission to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee here.

The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Women’s Health are conducting a survey on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted women’s health services in Scotland. The survey is open until 7th August, and all results and comments will be anonymised. If you’d like to share your views, you can take the survey here.

You can read the full message online by following this link, but we would encourage you to subscribe to this newsletter yourself so that you never miss an issue!

Day 6 activities for babies

SENSORY BOTTLES


All you need for this is an empty plastic bottle of any size, but the smaller ones are easier for
baby to hold.
Fill your empty plastic bottle with
Water and fairy liquid – makes bubbles when shaken
Pasta, rice, lentils or any dry cupboard items
Water and glitter
This is just a few examples you can fill them with anything you have in the house.
I find the babies like the noisy ones and the dried items make different sounds too!

DAY 5 of activities for babies

TUMMY TIME


Get some soft toys and place them just out of reach of the baby. You can use one or a lot and place them around the baby so they are encouraged to move in different directions.

This encourages development of back, tummy and neck muscles, muscles in the arms and legs. It also helps older babies learn how to push themselves up and hold their bodies to get ready for crawling.

Older babies may get frustrated during this if they can’t get the toys, if this is happening either move the toys closer for easier reach or sit them up.

Older babies that are nearly ready to crawl can be placed near a wall so they can use it to push themselves forward.

DAY 4 activities for babies

4 WATER PLAY
Fill a shallow tray (on the floor for tummy time) or tray on babies high chair with water and allow baby to splash, touch and explore the water.
You can add toys, ice cubes or bubbles for extra fun!

A SERVICE UPDATE FROM LIFELINK

We were all delighted at Lifelink to have been successful in securing the Glasgow City Stress Service and to launch delivery of this service on the 1st of April 2020 to the communities of Glasgow. 

Current service update: COVID19

Given the current crisis and social distancing requirements, we have taken the necessary steps to provide a telephone counselling service to clients, with the option to extend to video sessions where required. 

We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that you can continue to refer as you would have done previously. We understand your surgery may be operating very differently from before, however you can still make referrals for patients that may benefit from our service even during this period of lockdown using the following methods:

Online:  https://www.lifelink.org.uk/make-a-referral/ 

By email: info@lifelink.org.uk 

By telephone: 0141 552 4434

Clients referred to Lifelink will receive a person-centred therapeutic assessment by telephone as near to time of referral as possible. Following this the most appropriate intervention will be discussed, offering direct access to a service that meets clients’ needs and eliminates waiting times and reduces risk of ‘downward spiral’ while people wait for much needed services. 

We are also encouraging referrals from and for individuals that may not feel that they require formal one-to-one counselling sessions but do feel that they would benefit from simply having someone qualified to talk through their stresses and anxieties with. We know that the current situation may leave a lot of individuals worried about getting in touch with us because they think that our team will be too busy dealing with other clients whose mental health situation is much worse, but we want to dispel this belief. We’re keen to encourage referrals from clients who might benefit from our more relaxed service during this pandemic – working with a therapist for a single session and developing some coping strategies may be enough to greatly improve their mental health. 

Once normal services resume you can also direct your patients to our wellbeing classes which they can register for directly with no prior assessment.

Our website at www.lifelink.org.uk provides more information on all of our services and will allow your patients to refer themselves directly.

Our management team are available should you wish to contact us at any time regarding any issues or even just to chat about the service.

You can contact our management team using the details below:

Carolirvine@lifelink.org.uk  – Operations Manager 0141 559 6713

Robertstewart@lifelink.org.uk – Service Manager (North West & South) 0141 471 9700

We look forward to working closely with you and your colleagues to support your patients and members of our local communities. 

Thanks,

The team at Lifelink 

Covid 19- does not cause Domestic Abuse, only abusers are responsible for their actions.