COVID-19 Domestic Violence & Abuse Resources
If you are in danger call 999
If not, contact the Athena service
As you will know, the Met takes a zero-tolerance approach to domestic abuse. With people socially distancing and self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that this brings the possibility of putting potential victims at greater risk.
Domestic abuse is historically an under-reported crime and victims may now feel even more isolated with less opportunity to access help and support. With this in mind, we are ensuring that we, alongside our partners, are publicising information that will help and support our communities. You may see some of this information, including posters, in our local area, for example in supermarkets.
Officers are continuing to prioritise and respond to domestic abuse calls, and we continue to work closely with a range of partners to ensure victims receive the support and service they need.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or you know a friend, relative or neighbour who you think is at risk, call police right away. In an emergency, always call 999 high harm domestic abuse calls will continue to be prioritised. The 24/7 National Domestic Abuse helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247.
Another source of help is the Respect Phone line, which provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call 0808 8024040.
If you are worried or need support regarding domestic abuse that you or others may be experiencing, please contact one of the following local or national resources for advice and support when it is safe to do so: