Staying safe

Everyone has the right to feel safe all of the time. Some times things happen that can make people feel unsafe.

Some things that might make you feel unsafe include:

  • Being shouted at or called names

  • Being hurt

  • Being touched in a way which makes you feel uncomfortable

  • Being asked to do something which makes you feel unsafe

  • Not being given the care and support you expected

  • Being asked to keep secrets about things that make you feel uncomfortable

  • Being sent unkind messages through social media or your mobile phone

  • Having money taken from you

If someone makes you feel unsafe in any way it is important that you tell someone you trust who can help get the advice and support that you might need.

Preventing Abuse and Promoting Safety

Domestic violence
Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or other abuse between family members. This can be violent behaviour by a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, ex-partner, father, mother, son or daughter who lives with you or lives elsewhere. It may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse. No-one should have to put up with any kind of violence or abuse.

Everyone has a right to personal safety. So, if you are worried, then ask for help.

Hate crime
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability

  • race or ethnicity

  • religion or belief

  • sexual orientation

  • transgender orientation

  • transgender identity

This can be committed against a person or property and anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

If you feel that you are being targeted in this way, or you are a witness or just know of something happening then you should report the incident to Cumbria Police.

Doorstep safety
Some people try to trick their way into people’s homes with the intention of stealing money or property.

Staying safe around the home
Most of us feel safe in our homes, yet more accidents happen at home than anywhere else. Please refer to Age UK’s Home Safety Checker - Staying Safe Around the Home booklet for useful tips and advice.

Fire safety
Every home in Cumbria is eligible to apply for a free Home Safety Visit to help you deal with any potential fire hazards in your home. Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service can help you design a fire plan so that you and your family will know how to react if you have a fire. They will also fit, where applicable, a battery powered smoke alarm free of charge. More information is available on the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Servicethis external link will open in a new window website.