Resources, apps and advice
Call for help now:
Bradford Survive and Thrive One Front Door helpline:
0808 2800 999
National Domestic Abuse Helpline:
0808 2000 247
In an emergency, call 999
Men’s support services, Bradford
Bradford Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence team have collated an information booklet called ‘What’s out there for me?’ aiming to support male victims of domestic abuse.
Creating a safety plan
Women’s Aid have a dedicated area of their website to help you to create a safety plan, which can keep you and your children safe in the event of future abuse.
Bright Sky app
Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app and website that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic abuse. It is for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else.
Bright Sky helps you to spot the signs of abuse, know how to respond, and help someone find a safe route to support.
The app can be downloaded for free via the app stores. Please only download the app if it is safe for you to do so and if you are sure that your phone isn’t being monitored.
- The app is available in 5 languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish and Welsh.
- It has a unique UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services with contact details.
- Content to help you understand if you or someone else is at risk.
- Links to further resources and information on domestic abuse.
- Information to help you to stay safe online.
Chayn is a website which provides lots of resources and practical advice for people who are experiencing domestic abuse.
It is a non-profit website run by survivors for survivors across the world. Most of their resources are available in a multiple languages.
Ask for ANI
The Government launched the Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) domestic abuse codeword scheme in January 2021 to help victims and survivors access emergency support from the safety of their local pharmacy.
When you use the codeword in the pharmacy, a member of staff will take you to a private room (‘Safe Space’) where they can help you call the police, domestic abuse helpline or a family member, friend or perhaps even a solicitor.
Over half of UK pharmacies, including Boots, Lloyds and community pharmacies, are now enrolled in the scheme.
The Hollie Guard App
Hollie Guard is a next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection.
Hollie Guard is designed to help you feel protected, whether you’re working alone, travelling to an unknown area or simply commuting around town.
There are two modes, deterrent and stealth mode. The idea of deterrent mode is to make it clear to anyone in your surrounding area that an alert has been raised and to reduce the risk of an attack. The phone will display an obvious red alert screen capturing your GPS location, as well as audio/video footage that may be used to assess danger and collate evidence.
With a second shake of the phone it will generate a high-pitched alarm and a flashing light to attract help.
Alternately, Stealth Mode allows you to raise an alert silently while displaying a default home screen that would look inconspicuous to the attacker, thereby giving the impression that no alarm has been triggered.
This feature is useful in certain situations in which raising an alert could increase the risk of harm if the assailant becomes aware that an alert has been triggered.
Silent call to the police
When you dial 999 anywhere in the UK, your call is answered by telephone operators from BT, who will then direct your call to the most appropriate emergency service.
BT’s operators will attempt to confirm there is an emergency by asking the normal questions in order to receive a response. If you cannot speak, and you press/dial 55, you will also route the call to the police.
The BT operator will pass on to the police any information they have been able to establish and the police Customer Contact Centre Agent will then also attempt to assess if there is an emergency and the location of the caller, as they will not receive this automatically.
Reporting domestic abuse online
There are a few different ways you can report domestic abuse online. If you wish to report domestic abuse to the police, you can do so via the West Yorkshire Police website, or using their 101 Live Chat. Or, if you wish to speak to a support service, you can access Survive and Thrive’s web chat function by visiting the Staying Put website, between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.