The new stay-at-home rules are intended to keep us safe and protect the NHS, but not every home is a place of safety. For some, lockdown will increase their risk of domestic violence, emotional abuse, coercive control and even greater isolation.
The new rules could increase abusers’ power and control, leaving victims with little opportunity to access their usual supportive networks such as work, family or community groups.
We want anyone who is still in a position to help to be able to recognise the signs of abuse and know how they can safely help, whether that is one of the thousands of volunteers assisting our most vulnerable, an emergency contractor, postal services workforce, local shops, or supermarket employee. That is why we have made our violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) online learning module accessible to all (temporary measure during coronavirus outbreak).
Wales will not be a bystander violence or abuse.
Our 45 minute online training can be accessed through guest log on –
More information can also be found on the Live Fear Free website – https://gov.wales/live-fear-free/staying-safe-during-coronavirus-emergency
The Live Fear Free helpline is available 24 hours a day – call free on 0808 8010 800 text 0786 007 7333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or webchat – https://gov.wales/live-fear-free/contact-live-fear-free.
Tags: COVID-19, Domestic violence