Evidence briefings: The impact of Covid-19 on survivors and services

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A Perfect Storm

Domestic abuse has worsened during Covid-19 and frontline services expect rising demand

On Tuesday 18th August Women’s Aid released a new report: A Perfect Storm – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic abuse survivors and the services supporting them.

The report shows how domestic abuse has worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic. It examines the impact on survivors and their children; how abusers use the pandemic as a tool of abuse; and how the services supporting survivors are affected.

Published August 2020 (c) Women’s Aid

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Impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse services April 2020

Domestic abuse services told us they were seeing a wide range of impacts at the start of Covid-19 lockdown measures. The impact was not the same for all providers and many were concerned about the effect further down the line on demand and funding.

The impact of Covid-19 on survivors of domestic abuse April 2020

The Covid-19 lockdown is having a direct impact on women and children experiencing, or who had experienced domestic abuse. This document sets out the findings of our survey of survivors, carried out in April to measure the initial impact of lockdown.

A tested community response

Since the government Covid-19 lockdown, Community Ambassadors have continued to raise awareness about domestic abuse in their communities, have safe conversations with survivors and signpost them to support.

The Ask Me scheme shows the power of training community members to understand domestic abuse, and to listen and believe survivors. In this briefing, we ask Community Ambassadors how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted them and the communities they support.

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