The coronavirus pandemic is a very worrying time for victims of domestic abuse, their children and the professionals working hard to support them. The stay-at-home measures required could have a serious effect on domestic abuse victims and there will be greater exposure to those perpetrating the crime. The isolation of families could exacerbate domestic abuse, as perpetrators will be more likely to be at home with the victim, and the traditional routes to help and support such as schools, GPs and workplaces may be closed. There will also be new domestic abuse cases during this period. Isolation will also mean there are less opportunities to identify the early warning signs of abuse as new domestic abuse cases emerges.
We hope that you will find these resources useful and supportive through this time and we will continue to add and update our resources as things progress.
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know, visit our Get Help page for a list of numbers and organisations you can get in touch with.
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.
The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.
The Local Government Association provides a range of resources which offers help, guidance and support to tackle domestic abuse. This document provides a brief overview of domestic abuse and how councils can provide help and support to domestic abuse victims during the COVID-19 pandemic, and tackle perpetrators’ abusive behaviour.
Date Published: 19 Jan 2021