Domestic abuse and Covid-19

Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from Covid-19 is particularly affecting victims of domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, according to the charity Refuge. Victims of domestic abuse may be self-isolating with someone who is harming them, and they may feel they have no way out. Previous places of safety or respite, such as friends, family or local churches, may no longer appear accessible.

It is vital that those affected by domestic abuse know that they are not alone and there is still help available in these challenging times.

Where can I go for help?

If you would like help, please reach out for support in any safe way that you can. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999, and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak. There is also help available from the National Domestic Violence Helpline as well as online, please see below for details.

I’m worried about someone else, what can I do?

All need to play their part in preventing or halting domestic abuse. If you are worried about a friend, family member or neighbour, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Pauline Butterfield. If someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. More information is also available in the national safeguarding policy Responding Well to Domestic Abuse. Do not approach the perpetrator yourself, as this could put you or the victim at risk.


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Pauline Butterfield

07703 800 031


Support if you are worried about hurting someone

If you are worried about hurting the ones you love while staying at home, call the Respect Phoneline for support and help to manage your behaviour, 0808 8024040.

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19 useful guides

Safe Lives: Domestic Abuse and COVID-19

Safe Lives: Staying safe during COVID-19

Women’s Aid: Safety advice for survivors of domestic abuse in the light of COVID-19.

Refuge: Safety tips for survivors during COVID-19

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