Guidance for Survivors of Domestic Abuse During Covid-19

With thanks to SafeLives and Women’s Aid for their information and guidance on this subject.

We know that the unprecedented situation at this time is difficult for everyone, particularly those who may be facing long periods of isolation with someone who may be harming or abusing them.

We have created this guide to help you understand ways of keeping yourself and your family safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

The NHS website can provide specific information and guidance about coronavirus.

Below is a list of tips to help you manage your situation, including resources for further support and guidance. Remember that you are the only person who completely understands your situation – only implement the advice that feels relevant, if and when you feel safe to do so.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, do not hesitate to call 999.

Important Resources:

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.

24-hour free helplines for domestic abuse, forced marriage and sexual violence:
England: 0808 2000 247
Scotland: 0800 027 1234
N. Ireland: 0808 802 1414
Wales: 0800 80 10 800

Other useful contacts:

Victim Support National 24-hour Supportline: 0808 1689 111
LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 / help@galop.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 / info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Karma Nirvana for honour-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999 247
Shelter Emergency Helpline: 0808 800 4444

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