14 April 2020

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

We know the government’s advice on self or household-isolation will have a direct impact on families experiencing domestic abuse.

Home is not likely to be a safe place for victims of domestic abuse; social distancing and self-isolation may be used as a tool of coercive and controlling behaviour by perpetrators and could shut down routes to safety and support.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing abuse, support is available.

You can call the Worst Kept Secret helpline on 0800 028 3398 or email  – WKS@localsolutions.org.uk

A member of the team will be available to listen, to provide advice & guidance on keeping you and your family safe.

Alternatively, you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247

Rape and Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence (RASA)

Their Helpline is available at the following times, Tuesday  6 – 8 pm, Thursday  6 – 8  pm, Friday  12 – 2  pm,   0151 666 1392 or email helpline@rasamerseyside.org

Merseyside police also has a useful page for partner organisation support helplines across Merseyside.


If you believe you are being abused, or worried you may commit domestic abuse, read the government’s detailed guidance on how to get help which includes contact information for organisations and services which offer support and advice.


In an emergency call 999