Covid-19 and Domestic Abuse
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Survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence may feel particularly alone & at risk during self-isolation. The Kingston Domestic Violence Hub is open and offering support via telephone and email. Their telephone line is open Monday to Friday (9:30am - 5pm) - call 0208 547 6046.
For 24/7 advice for yourself or someone else, contact the freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247
The Kingston MARAC is operating remotely and will take place once a month via conference call. Please keep referring all high risk cases to MARAC as usual, this procedure has not changed. Contact Kingston MARAC to request a referral form. For more information on the Kingston MARAC, please go here.
Additional National and Pan-London Resources:
- The Police:
- Available 24/7
- Emergency – 999
- Non-emergency – 101
- Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline:
- Available 24/7
- Women’s Aid Live Chat:
- If it’s unsafe or you’re unable to speak on the phone, the online chat operates from 10am- 12pm Monday to Friday (two hours daily)
- GALOP LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline (London):
- Available Monday to Friday 10am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm
- Women and Girls Network Advice Line:
- Available Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm
- Women and Girls Network Sexual Violence Helpline:
- Available Monday to Friday 10am -12:30pm and 2:30-4pm and on Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm
- South London Rape Crisis
- 0808 802 999
- 12- 2:30pm daily and 7 - 9:30pm daily
Support to change abusive behavior:
Stresses caused by Coronavirus are not an excuse for domestic abuse – abusing a partner, ex-partner or family member is always a choice.
The Respect Phoneline can help those who perpetrate abuse change their behaviour and is operating as usual. Call 0808 802 4040
- Guidance for staying safe during Covid-19 for Survivors
- Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, launched by Hestia in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
- Surviving Economic Abuse guidance for those self-isolating.
- Covid-19 and Child Contact Arrangements
- Information for victim survivors on how to secure your devices
- Resources for parents and children include a Parent Pack created by West Sussex Connect
- Doctors of the World have created information on Covid-19 in various languages