Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

Home Office written question – answered on 30th July 2020.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance during the covid-19 outbreak has been issued to statutory agencies including the (a) police and (b) NHS on support for (i) victims of domestic abuse and (ii) perpetrators of such abuse who are concerned about their behaviour.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government has posted updated guidance on domestic abuse on gov.uk to ensure that anyone seeking relevant sources of assistance can find it https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse

Existing sources of advice and support continue to be available to victims. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, is staffed by experts and available 24 hours a day as well as having an online chat function. A range of other specialist support services including a perpetrator helpline run by Respect, are also available, and contact details are provided on gov.uk.

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