The Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. This can cause anxiety, agitation and sometimes anger.

We may be familiar with Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adult good practice, in our everyday lives but in these times of self-isolation- these procedures can’t be applied in the usual ways. The signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect remain the same, but may be hidden from public view due to self- isolation.

During self-isolation-flagging safeguarding concerns and enabling appropriate support, may come through concerned friends, family, neighbours and through self- referrals from victims of abuse. With sustained periods of anxiety, financial worry, fear of infection and the potential fracturing of already strained relationships, in close spaces, all day/ everyday- quarantine can cause difficulties and harm, including, domestic violence, coercive control and other forms of psychological abuse, neglect, bullying, financial abuse…

Evidence from UNICEF and the UN following the outbreak of infectious disease and quarantine in previous epidemics (COVID-19 China, Ebola- West Africa and Congo), draw lessons which we may benefit from. They highlight a threefold increase in violence against women and girls and the increased occurrence of mental ill health resulting from self-isolation.

Download here guidance for organisations with information collated from Women’s Aid, NSPCC and UK Gov. This guidance include useful links for support and information.

Three steps to escaping domestic violence

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