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Being confined to our homes is stressful and can be an emotionally challenging time for all of us, but even more so for those who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse whether physical or mental.

We know already that there is a lot of evidence of the infliction of abuse getting worse for some people, or that they are experiencing abuse for the first time in their home. There is no excuse for domestic abuse, no matter the situation we find ourselves in.

Everyone copes with experiencing domestic abuse in different ways, including using excessive alcohol or drug misuse. We also know the long-term impact of using these coping mechanisms and we want to make sure that anyone using these methods to cope with their experience of domestic abuse that they still have support options in place.

We know already that isolation is a tactic used by perpetrators to control the person they are subjecting to domestic abuse. It is often used to block people’s routes to safety and support. Therefore, we understand some of the risks of a nationwide lock down for people experiencing domestic abuse.

If you and your children are experiencing domestic abuse, then know that you are not alone. Support is still available to you.

Please remember:

  • Try to keep a mobile phone with you at all times possible, fully charged.
  • If you are at immediate risk, call 999.

If you are scared that you might be overheard by the perpetrator, you can use the Silent System:

  • Dial 999, then instead of speaking to the operator, press 55. To find out more click here.

Remember, if you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should inform the police, when you speak to them.  This will not be a reason why they cannot offer to help.

You can also contact a number of national helplines via, email, text and live chat support services.  Listed below are some useful numbers and websites where you can find some extra support.

Understanding what domestic violence and abuse is

Safety advice

Are you worried about a friend, family member or neighbour?

More information 

For useful information about safety planning and domestic abuse support, read The Women’s Aid Handbook

If you are in a refuge, the Government have issued guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe accommodation settings which can be found HERE.

Refuges do not need to close unless directed to by Public Health England. If you or your children show symptoms whilst in a refuge, you should remain in your own room and follow the self-isolation guidance for households is HERE.

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