For many families being contained within one household, with worries and anxieties about food, health, money, employment etc, the risk of domestic abuse occurring will increase.
The Government’s YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign has been launched to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is still help for them during the Covid crisis, and that the household isolation instruction as a result of Covid-19 does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. (Coronavirus (COVID-19) and domestic abuse)
- The charity Refuge, that runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, is still accepting calls: 0808 2000 247
- If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
- If you call 999 from a mobile and cannot speak, press 55 to MakeYourselfHeard and this will transfer your call to the police. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location.
- Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247 or nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
- Help is also available from:
- Childline: 0800 1111
- Men’s Advice line: 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am – 5pm)
- The Mankind Initiative: 01823 334244 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
- National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Violence Helpline: 0800 999 5428
- Respect Phoneline offers confidential advice and support to help domestic violence perpetrators stop being violent and abusive to their partners or ex-partners: 0808 802 4040