Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members.
Domestic violence can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.
The NHS website getting-help-for-domestic-violence has advice online for the public on spotting the signs for domestic abuse and domestic violence and where to go for help.
The freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number is 0808 2000 247 and associated online support available at nationaldahelpline.
Support is, and will continue to be, available for people experiencing domestic abuse during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Lockdown is a stressful time for most of us. You might feel anxious. Depressed. Restless. Frustrated. Bored. Irritable. That is understandable. But if it feels as though conflict, confrontation, anger and aggression have become worse or your behaviour is worrying you within your household, perhaps now is the time to reach out for help?
Always call 999 if there is an immediate risk of harm.
Families will be under increased amounts of stress due to new financial pressures, household isolation, school closures and lack of normal outlets for stress and frustrations. This will likely lead to an increase in Domestic Violence and Abuse incidents if you or someone you know may need help please use the links and support numbers below.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Men's Advice Line: 0808 8010327
RESPECT: 0808 802 4040
GALOP (LGBTQ+ advice): 0800 999 5428
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’.
YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus.
ICON: Babies cry: You can cope.
SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID.
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