Domestic abuse during coronavirus outbreak
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As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, many victims of domestic abuse will face additional challenges and barriers to accessing support. While self-isolating, families are likely to spend extended periods of time with abusers, which potentially could escalate the threat of violent and abusive behaviour. Victims will be more isolated from the people and the resources that could help them.
Help and support
We would like to reassure those who are experiencing abuse that they are not alone, and support services are still available to offer help and support.
If you need help contact:
- Metropolitan Police - If in an immediate danger, always call 999. For non-emergencies, dial 101.
- Wandsworth Safety Net IDVA service - 020 7801 1777 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
- One Stop Shop service - closed until further notice however you can contact a support worker on 020 7801 1777
- National Domestic Violence Helpline 24/7 - 0808 2000 247
- Wandsworth Foodbanks - 020 7326 9428
- Women’s Aid Live - Chat online service Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm
- Rape Crisis Live Chat Helpline – available for women and girls aged 16 +. Opening hours:
- Monday: 2 to 4.30pm, 6 to 9pm;
- Tuesday: 2 to 4.30pm, 6 to 9pm;
- Wednesday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6 to 9pm;
- Thursday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6 to 8.30pm;
- Friday: 9 to 11.30am.
- Age UK Advice Line is open from 8am to 7pm, 365 days a year - 0800 678 1602
- Galop - The LGBT+ anti-violence charity - 020 7704 2040. Opening hours:
- Monday to Friday between 10am and 12:30pm, and between 1:30 to 4pm
- Men’s Advice Line open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm - 0808 801 0327
- Mankind - confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence. Phone them on 01823 334244 from 10am to 4pm
- Housing Options - if you are at risk of homelessness, please contact Housing options duty 020 8871 6840. Out of hours housing after 4.30pm on 020 8871 6000.
Surviving Economic Abuse have produced guidance that looks at keeping yourself safe while self-isolating, as well as practical issues including benefits and sick pay.