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Domestic abuse

At home shouldn't mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, help is available and current isolation rules do not apply.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. It comes in many forms, shattering the lives of victims and their families.

If you are controlled or physically, sexually, financially or emotionally abused by a partner, ex-partner or family member, this is domestic abuse.

Lock down during coronavirus

In a world where we have all been asked to 'Stay at Home' to keep safe and protect ourselves and our NHS, for some, home is not a safe place.

Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) have drastically altered people’s day-to-day lives and the government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.

Lock down rules do not apply to those seeking refuge to escape an abusive home and police and support services remain available.

Getting help and support

If you are in immediate danger, or suspect someone else is, call 999.

If you are unable to talk, call 999, listen to the operator and then either press 55 on a mobile, when prompted, or wait on a landline to be connected to the police, who will be able to help.

You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If you’re worried you or someone you know may be experiencing domestic abuse the list below shows helpful organisations who offer free information and advice:

The Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline run by Refuge offers support for women.
Phone: 0808 2000 247

Respect Men’s Advice Line
The free Respect Men’s Advice Line offers support for men.
Phone: 0808 801 0327

National LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
Galop’s free National LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Helpline offers support for LGBTQ+ people.
Phone: 0800 999 5428

Respect Phoneline
The free Respect Phoneline offers support for men and women who are harming their partners and families.
Phone: 0808 802 4040

The NSPCC helpline offers support for anyone worried about a child.
Phone: 0808 800 5000

More information can be found on the Government website - Domestic abuse: how to get help.

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