COVID-19 resources on domestic violence

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Staying safe during COVID-19: a guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

SafeLives

Guide for staying safe during COVID-19 for victims and survivors produced by the charity SaveLives.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus): domestic abuse and risks of harm within the home: second report of session 2019-21

Parliament. House of Commons. Home Affairs Committee

A report of a brief inquiry by the Home Affairs Committee into the risk of domestic abuse and child abuse within the home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence suggests that contacts to domestic abuse helplines have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with incidents becoming more complex and serious, with higher levels of physical violence and coercive control. The inquiry calls for a wider cross-Government strategy to tackle domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. It recommends any national action plan should include access to information and support, outreach and prevention, funding for support services including specialist and Black and Minority Ethnic services, housing support and refuge accommodation, and a criminal justice response. In addition to the national strategy, local authorities should also produce local action plans as part of their emergency Covid-19 planning. The Committee also recommend that the Government provide an emergency funding package for support services for domestic abuse and vulnerable children.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Tackling domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: resource for councils

Local Government Association

Brings together resources to offer help, guidance and support for councils to tackle domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The document provides a brief overview of domestic abuse; looks at the new risks for domestic abuse victims and survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic; and identifies ways that councils can provide support to domestic abuse victims and tackle perpetrators’ behaviour. It highlights importance of strong partnership working between agencies; providing information on safe accommodation options; identifying safeguarding arrangements needed for children and young people; and continuing Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) through virtual meetings. It includes links to a wide range of guidance and supporting resources. The document will be updated as and when necessary.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide aimed at those supporting adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

COVID-19: guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Guidance for providers of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The guidance provides advice for staff and employers on managing isolation for clients and their children under 18 if they, or someone else in their accommodation, show symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) or is confirmed as having the disease. The guidance covers: specialist refuge and safe accommodation (with shared space); dispersed, self-contained accommodation with support move-on accommodation; and properties within Sanctuary Schemes or with other enhanced security measures.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse

Home Office

Advice and guidance for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides information and links to organisations providing help and support. It includes information for professionals and those who are worried that they may hurt someone. The guidance also explains how the government is working with the charity sector and the police to ensure that support services remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020