Domestic violence

The impact of COVID-19 on women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and the life-saving services that support them.
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National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 999 5428

National Stalking Helpline

0808 802 0300


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Women's Aid

Women's Aid know that the government’s advice on self or household-isolation will have a direct impact on women and children experiencing domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for survivors of domestic abuse. They are concerned that social distancing and self-isolation will be used as a tool of coercive and controlling behaviour by perpetrators, and will shut down routes to safety and support. Safety advice and planning for those experiencing domestic abuse should be included in the national government advice on COVID 19.

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