The current ‘stay at home’ rules do not apply to people fleeing domestic abuse, but still the number of domestic abuse cases has risen during all three lockdowns.
There is a various forms of support available for anyone suffering
Live chat every weekday
IDAS, the Independent Domestic Abuse Service has a live chat every weekday between 3 – 6pm
You can also call their helpline on 03000 110 110 or email them
Discreet support at your local pharmacy
If you are a victim of domestic abuse you can now access support safely and discreetly at locations across the UK. You can go into participating independent pharmacies and Boots and ‘Ask for Ani’ – a domestic abuse codeword which will see you offered help and support discreetly, no questions asked.
Free rail tickets for those needing to flee
Knowing that accessing money can be difficult for women experiencing domestic abuse, stopping women from travelling to safety and therefore a huge barrier to support, the Women’s Aid ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme enables survivors with a confirmed refuge space to travel for free, on the rail network across England, Scotland and Wales.