The government advice to stay at home presents a whole new set of challenges for people experiencing domestic abuse. There will be many occurrences where people are now having to isolate with perpetrators, leaving them unable to escape safely.
To support our members in the vital work they do to support people experiencing domestic abuse, we’ve summarised the latest guidance on managing domestic abuse during the coronavirus. If you or your staff know or suspect that violence or abuse is taking place, this guidance will support you to take action.
The DAHA guidance covers the following:
The guidance and further resources are available on the DAHA website.
Women’s Aid have produced new guidance on domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak. These include advice on wellbeing for survivors of domestic abuse and resources for friends, family, neighbours and community members.
Visit the Women’s Aid website to find out more and download the new resources.
Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, St Mungo’s, Single Homeless Project and Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden, supported by Homeless Link have produced new guidance for homelessness providers.
The government produced guidance on 23 March to support the management of survivors of domestic abuse and their children who are cared for in domestic abuse safe accommodation settings, including emergency safe accommodation. The guidance covers:
The guidance states that refuges and other forms of domestic abuse safe accommodation do not need to close unless directed to do so by Public Health England or the government.
For members providing refuges, government guidance states that refuges (shared houses), refuges (self-contained units), dispersed accommodation, move-on accommodation, sanctuary schemes and other forms of emergency safe accommodation, are usually considered households for the purposes of the household self-isolation policy.