Councillor Judith Grajewski, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, said: “We understand that the recent measures announced to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), such as the order to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. During this period of social distancing and social isolation for those families affected by domestic abuse, the home is unlikely to be a safe place. Additional pressures caused by illness, financial worries and spending more time together without being able to leave the house are likely to make this situation more difficult. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under - Hampshire services will therefore continue to be available to provide support.”
The following national helplines are also available to those experiencing domestic abuse:
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones.
Galop - for members of the LGBT+ community
If you are a member of the LGBT+ community, Galop runs a specialist helpline on 0800 999 5428 or email email@example.com.