Following the Angela Black story on ITV, it throws up a number of safe-guarding issues, which need to be raised.
Angela is a victim of domestic violence and controlling behaviour.
She got approached by someone who embedded paranoid thinking about her husband, who then gave Angela a rifle. Angela then gotten embroiled in a conspiracy to murder her husband.
What is important to note is that we all need to be aware and not get involved in conversations with people
- we do not know
- are not accredited by any organisation
- ask us to use burner phones to contact them
- frequently meet with us in the street
- send us letters, which demand money
- send us emails offering us money for a percentage cut, if we pass it on to somebody else.
These issues alone should be red flags for all of us.
What helps to diminish the risk of being contacted by unsafe people is to have a few principles, which reduce the risk of being manipulated by any type of potentially harmful influence.
- Do not accept phone calls from withheld phone numbers
- only accept phone calls from callers who registered their number with you beforehand, send all other calls to answer phone.
- Do not engage in conversations with strangers in the street
Joining a Neighbourhood Watch group enables you to ensure that you are communicating within a safe network, which is run by responsible people.
When you are already in a vulnerable position, it is easy to get involved with someone who offers solutions, which in fact raise the level of paranoia and danger rather than lower it.
Anybody who pretends to know someone else who wants to kill you or offer you a way out of being killed, even in a domestic setting is a fraudster and dangerous. Such communications must always be reported to the police straightaway.
Always report all threads to life using 999 and general issues of safety can now be reported using this online website Streetsafe, where you can report general issues with safety in any area.
- If you are a victim and have children, involve social services.
- You can also call the NSPCC, as violent partners endanger children.
- Do never accept any violence or threats of violence from any family members.
- Do never take the law into your own hands nor take part in revenge schemes.