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COVID-19 and domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a significant safeguarding issue for all societies.

It remains a challenging subject and in recent years has been increasingly recognised among black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, particularly around issues such as so called 'honour-based violence', female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging evidence demonstrates that there is a worrying increase in cases being reported, and that also leaves many which are not.

Nurses and midwives have key roles to play in identifying and supporting victims of domestic abuse, whether they are patients/clients and/or colleagues.

Our main page provides a number of resources to help increase understanding of this complex and critically important safeguarding issue. 

National helplines

All national helplines are free to call and can provide interpreter services if English is not your first language.

Safety and wellbeing advice for survivors - national helplines

Page last updated - 29/07/2023