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

Impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse services

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 and their children

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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