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Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

By July 16, 2020National News

Updated 7th August  to add more information about help for children and young people. 

The government acknowledges that coronavirus household isolation instructions 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. 

Household isolation instructions as a result of coronavirus do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. 

If you feel at risk of abuse, there is help and support available to you, including the police, online support, helplines and refuges. You can find more information about these and other services on this page. 

Call Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline (opens in a new tab)for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. Visit the helpline website (opens in a new tab) to access further information, a contact form and the live chat service. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.  

For more information go to the Government’s website (opens in a new tab) 

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