Tips for Staying Safe

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During the COVID-19 outbreak you may be spending more time with or isolating at home with a partner who hurts you. 

If this is the case, here are some tips that could help keep you safe.

  • Keep your mobile phone with you at all times. Save emergency numbers on it. This could include helpline numbers, or friends or family who could help.
  • Get someone you know and trust to call you regularly to check you are okay.  Use a code word with friends and family to let them know you need help. This could be something you say to them on the phone, text them, or message online. Make sure everyone knows what this is in case you need to use it.
  • When out exercising, shopping or socialising, tell someone you trust. 
  • If someone else does your shopping, write a message on your shopping list asking for help. 
  • Pack a small bag with a change of clothes, essential medicines and important documents (passport, birth certificates). This is to take with you if you have to leave home quickly. Take bank cards and any money you have. 

Remember: if you feel unsafe at home, it is OK to leave, even if lockdown is still on. 

Where can you get help and support?

If you are in immediate danger you should call 999, if you can.

Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234

Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

You can also ask your social worker, health worker or support worker for help. 

Find other support.

Visit the That's Not OK campaign page for more information.