COVID-19 Domestic Violence & Abuse Resources
If you are in danger call 999
If not, contact the Athena service
If you are worried or need support regarding domestic abuse that you or others may be experiencing, please contact one of the following local or national resources for advice and support when it is safe to do so:-
- Refuge have released a series of safety tips for survivors during isolation. Their tech abuse chatbot function is particularly useful should the perpetrator be controlling the survivor’s devices. Telephone: 0808 2000 247
- Women’s Aid have released a series of safety advice for survivors who may be trapped in the house with perpetrators
- SafeLives have produced advice for practitioners and survivors of domestic abuse
- Surviving Economic Abuse webpage for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and practitioners regarding the impact of COVID – 19 on those experiencing economic and financial abuse is available HERE
- Rights of Women has published guidance for women trying to work out child contact arrangements during this difficult time. You can find the guidance here: https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-information/family-law/coronavirus-and-child-contact-arrangements/. Rights of Women continue to provide legal advice to women affected by gender based violence, the opening hours of their advice lines are subject to change – dull information can be found HERE.
- Criminal Justice – victims and witnessesIf your staff are unsure of where to signpost victims and witnesses, please remind them of the London Victim and Witness Service (LVWS) provided by a partnership led by Victim Support. The LVWS can be contacted on 0808 168 9291 from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday. Outside of those hours, you can call Victim Support’s Supportline on freephone 08 08 16 89 111.
- London’s Rough Sleepers to be offered hotel beds to self-isolate. See press release for further information
- National Rape Crisis Helpline and Live Chat. The National Rape Crisis Helpline will remain open on 0808 802 9999. Free, independent and confidential support is available every day between 12.00pm - 2.30pm and 7.00pm - 9.30pm
- Samaritans are a registered charity focusing on suicide prevention, there to listen without judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. Call for free on 116 123, or alternatively on 0330 094 5717. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shout is a 24 hour, 7 days a week text messaging service support in a crisis. The team of trained Crisis Volunteers will help take you from a crisis to calm 24/7, whenever you need them. Text Shout to 85258, email@example.com,
- Good Thinking website for adults looking for resources to support their mental health and wellbeing: