Domestic abuse during coronavirus restrictions
We understand that the stay at home measures put pressure on the home environment and can cause additional anxiety for those who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic abuse.
Help and support is still available to you.
If you’re being abused, are concerned about family, friends or neighbours, or are worried you may commit domestic abuse, please seek help, either from the police or from support organisations.
Report it to us
If you have any reason to think someone is in immediate danger, or your life may be at risk, call 999.
If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or can't communicate verbally you can register with the emergencySMSservice. Text REGISTER to 999.
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is, report it to us by calling 101.
If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or can't communicate verbally: use our textphone service on 18001 101.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. They can also be called, for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. The website also has a form through which women can book a safe time for a call from the team.
Womens Aid has provided additional advice specifically designed for the current coronavirus outbreak, including a live chat service.
Men’s Advice Line
The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. It can be contacted on 0808 8010327.
Galop - for members of the LGBT+ community
If you are concerned about how Covid-19 may affect your finances and leave you vulnerable to economic abuse, please see the advice provided by HM Treasury on what support is on offer. The charity Surviving Economic Abuse has also provided additional guidance and support.
Hestia provides a free-to-download mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages, ranging from identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.
Support for people living with domestic abuse
SafeLives is providing domestic abuse support and guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Support if you are worried about hurting someone
If you are worried about hurting the ones you love whilst staying at home, call the Respect Phoneline for support and help to manage your behaviour, 0808 8024040.
For more advice and guidance on domestic abuse, please see Domestic abuse: how to get help.
For other organisations that can help, please see partner organisation support helplines.