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. There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.
For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.
Domestic abuse and sexual violence is never acceptable and there are no excuses for this behaviour. The challenge of lockdown means families are spending more time indoors together, this may make it more difficult to speak out or access support. You are not alone!
Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to:
- controlling and coercive behaviour
- financial control
- verbal abuse
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse
Please click here for all the government information and where you or a friend/family member can seek help.
Where can I get help and support?
If in immediate danger call 999. If you're unable to talk use silent solutions (PDF) after dialing.
It is okay to leave your home during lockdown if you're experiencing abuse.
The police can also remove the person harming you from your home.
Do you want to consider your options?
Reach out to our specialist support services.
- The Bright Sky app provides support and information to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse or is concerned about someone they know.
- Think about creating a Safety Plan
- The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24/7 on 0808 2000 247
- The Men’s Advice Line is available on 0808 801 0327.
- Additional support available on the Government coronavirus website and NHS website.
Not every argument or disagreement is abuse and you can get help for resolving family conflicts on the relationship matters website.