Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse during COVID-19

The current government guidance has asked for us to stay at home to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We know that for some women, men and children home is not a safe or comfortable place and the new measures could increase the risk of experiencing abuse. 

If you are being abused, are concerned about family, friends or neighbours, or are worried you may commit domestic abuse please seek help. There are a number of organisations that are able to offer you support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Abuse helpline provides guidance and support for women and children who are potential victims of domestic abuse as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. They can be called for free and in confidence 24 hours a day on 0808 200247 or visit 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Mens Advice Line

Domestic abuse affects men too and the Mens Advice Line team are working hard to support callers. This is a confidential service that can offer advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse and they can signpost to other vital services that help keep them and their children safe. Either call 0808 8010327 or visit

Mens Advice Line


UAVA (United against violence and abuse) are a service for women and children and offer a freephone helpline 0808 8020028 or visit 

UAVA - Get Help


If you are a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship call Childline on 0800 1111


National Domestic Abuse Helpline can be reached on 0808 2000 247, 24 hours a day, for free and in confidence


Safer Places

Helpline: 03301 025 811

Safer Places

Epping Forest District Council

Support including housing options

Epping Forest District Council

Local Services, Let