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

By July 16, 2020National News

Updated with Men’s Advice Helpline details.

Added a new section on the Ask for ANI codeword scheme. New information on Safe Spaces and Hestia’s Everyone’s Business Advice Line.


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 for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. Visit the helpline website 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. 

If English is not your first language you may find the translated guidance or easy read version useful. Women’s Aid also have guidance documents on domestic abuse and coronavirus available in a number of languages for victims, family and friends, and community members of those affected. 

For more information go to the Government’s website 

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