A message from Safelives regarding Domestic violence and the Corona Virus.
We know that if you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like. You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you. We’ve created this to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe.
You are not alone in this.
You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.
Attached are some things you can think about if this is happening to you. Remember that you are an expert in your own situation and only take on advice that feels safe and relevant to you. It is important to try and think about the things that may change or make you more unsafe, especially thinking through now how you might get help if you need it. We also know that, like everyone, you could be worried about contracting the virus and the NHS website can give you advice around this.
Always remember that the abuse you are experiencing is not your fault.
If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
Telephone and email
If you are not in immediate danger, the following numbers might be helpful:
England: Freephone 24h National Domestic Abuse Helpline:
Scotland: Scotland’s 24h Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234
Northern Ireland: 24h Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline:
Wales: 24h Life Fear Free Helpline:
LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline:0800 999 5428 firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 email@example.com
Karma Nirvana, UK Helpline for ‘honour’-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999 247
Respect helpline (for anyone worried about their own behaviour): 0808 802 0321
Websites and useful guides
Accessing information online may feel like the best option for you at this time. If you do access any information online you may need to delete your browser history or use ‘private browsing’ as a way to hide your searches.
- SafeLives guide to staying safe online
- Women’s Aid guide to private browsing
- Guide to technology safety
- Making a safety plan, Women’s Aid
- The Survivor’s Handbook, Women’s Aid
- Economic Abuse and coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Surviving Economic Abuse
- Karma Nirvana
Live chats and survivor forums
- Women’s Aid Survivors Forum
- Women’s Aid Live Chat
- Victim Support Live Chat for people affected by crime (area dependent)
Samaritans can also be a source of support to you if you are generally feeling low and would like to talk to someone. They are a non-judgemental listening service that will not give advice or pressure you in any way.