Domestic Abuse help - 'you are not alone'

Friday 19th June 2020

Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus have seen people’s day-to-day lives drastically altered, compounding existing challenges such as domestic abuse.

For each day this week, we will share a piece of information, advice or resources to help raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and where to go for help.

Domestic abuse help

We know that the order to stay home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you.

Domestic Abuse and other matters affecting families during the Covid-19 crisis

The Ministry of Defence has published an information sheet with details of where to turn for advice with domestic abuse, as well as information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus:

Domestic Abuse – More Resources

In an emergency, always call 999

Domestic Abuse ‘Make Yourself Heard’ the silent solution

We know that the order to stay home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you. The police have produced a guide on What to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak:

Making Yourself Heard: the Silent Solution

Always ring 999 in an emergency

Domestic abuse contacts

If you believe you are being abused, or worried you may commit domestic abuse, there is help available.  If you suspect that someone in your community may be a victim of domestic abuse, we encourage you to report it to the police.

More information including a list of useful contacts is available here:  

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

#YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign

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.

If you’re worried or suspect that someone you know, including a colleague, may be at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, you can get more information on how to help at the GOV.UK page on Domestic Abuse.​

The Home Office recently launched its #YouAreNotAlone campaign to remind people that help is still available for those experiencing domestic abuse.

In an emergency, always call 999.

MOD Domestic Abuse Strategy

The Ministry of Defence published its Domestic Abuse Strategy , ‘No Defence for Abuse in 2018.  It has recently been updated and includes an insightful introduction from The Rt Hon Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans:

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can contact the National Helpline for Domestic Abuse: 0808 2000 247 

If you are worried about the way you are treating someone you live with, or want to break the cycle of abuse, Respect have a helpline available: 0808 802 4040 

Safe Spaces

​Domestic abuse services and refuges for are still open: if you’re experiencing abuse and need somewhere to make a call, Boots UK and UK Says No More have launched Safe Spaces (www)​. You can ask to use the consultation room if you need somewhere to think or to call a helpline. 

In an emergency, always call 999.

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