COVID-19 and Domestic Abuse

This page has been set up to provide a centrally accessible library of resources supporting London's local authority responses to the increased threat of domestic abuse.

Isolation and social distancing measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic can bring an increased risk of domestic abuse. Households are confined together with restrictions on movement and there are additional barriers to access services, if needing help and advice. In households where domestic abuse is a known factor, there is a risk of escalation and the perpetrator using the situation to further monitor and control their partner.

It is important that practitioners and families know that help is still available for those affected by domestic abuse. Specialist support services are operating by helpline, phone, text and online, with some providers and LAs also providing in-person contact. Refuges and emergency accommodation continue to be available through the usual pathways and borough MARACs have moved to operate on a virtual basis for a coordinated response to high risk cases.

Practitioners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the support available from local domestic abuse services and the current MARAC arrangements for their borough during COVID-19. Boroughs have also developed a range of local communication materials to increase awareness of services and support.

You will find useful links and contact information in this section from national partners and specialist organisations. You can access resources and guidance specific to responding to domestic abuse during COVID-19 in the 'Specialist Resources' section opposite.

 

Specialist Resources

Surviving Economic Abuse – identifying and responding to economic abuse during Covid-19

https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/resources/

 

LGA – council guide on tacking domestic abuse during Covid-19

https://www.local.gov.uk/tackling-domestic-abuse-during-covid-19-pandemic

 

SCIE - advice on safeguarding families during Covid-19

https://www.scie.org.uk/care-providers/coronavirus-covid-19/safeguarding/children

 

Standing Together - guidance for professionals, including MARACs

http://www.standingtogether.org.uk/news/read-our-latest-covid-19-guidance-and-procedures

 

IRIS - guidance for GPs in responding to domestic abuse during Covid-19

https://irisi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Guidance-for-General-Practice-Covid-19-FINAL.pdf

Local initiatives

The team at Hammersmith and Fulham have prepared two downloadable pdf documents:

Poster promoting Angelou Support Service

COVID 19 DA Briefing for Pharmacists - Supporting them to respond to Domestic Abuse.