Coronavirus Support – Living with Domestic Abuse
UPDATED 30th April 2020
At the moment we are #stayinghome to #staysafe,– but sadly, home is not safe for everyone.
If you are worried for your safety or the safety of a family member, friend or neighbour – help is available, you are not on your own.
Live Fear Free
Live Fear Free helpline is a free 24/7 service for all victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence and those close to them, including family, friends and colleagues. You can contact the Live Fear free helpline for confidential information and advice
- Helpline: 0808 8010 800
- Text: 078600 77333
- Live chat: https://gov.wales/live-fear-free/contact-live-fear-free
- If you need immediate help, call 999. The police will also respond to ‘silent’ 999 calls – simply dial 999, and press 55 when the operator answers.
More information from Live Fear Free
Information from Live Fear Free
We understand the additional fear self-isolation and social distancing may have for a victim of violence and abuse. These can amplify abusers’ power and control and increase the risk to victims.
Not every home is a place of safety, it may be a frightening place and a place where there is fear and control. For victims of domestic abuse, isolation at home could lead to a greater risk of violence or emotional abuse, and amplify power and control for abusers.
Crisis situations, like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, can result in an increase in incidents of all forms of violence and abuse, such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse or harassment, and can between others in the household or within your own relationship, you or someone you know might be suffering harassment or control via electronic means such as constant texting, demanding passwords, checking up on who you are talking too, physical or emotional abuse at the hands of a partner/ex-partner or family member.
In normal times you might have somewhere to go where you felt safe – whether that was going to college or university, or your job, seeing friends and family, attending hobbies or activities. Now things have changed, you may feel that with lockdown you have no one to turn to. You are not alone, there is help available to you and we encourage you to reach out.
Specialist services are still available to help all those at increased risk of suffering domestic violence and abuse under the new stay-at-home rules. Welsh Government and specialist domestic abuse services are working together to provide specialist support and supported, safe accommodation to all those who need it.
If you’re in danger in your home, you will not be fined or arrested for leaving the house. Domestic abuse services in Wales are open and available, and can help you leave safely.
We’re encouraging everyone to watch out for their loved ones, their neighbours, their roommates, family and friends – keep in touch, while staying safe, through Skype, FaceTime, or What’s App video. Be aware that others may be listening, so be careful with direct questions.
Welsh Womens Aid
Welsh Women’s Aid is the national charity in Wales working to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women. We are a federation of specialist organisations in Wales (working as part of a UK network of services) that provide lifesaving services to survivors of violence and abuse – women, men, children, families – and deliver a range of innovative preventative services in local communities.
Welsh Womens’s Aid have lots of information and support on their website https://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/
You can also find your local services details here https://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/information-and-support/find-your-local-service/
The UK Government has said
“At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from #DomesticAbuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response & support services remain available. Find support at gov.uk/domestic-abuse or call 999 if you are in immediate danger. #YouAreNotAlone”