Domestic violence increases under lockdown

As you may be aware from reports in the media, incidents of domestic violence and abuse have risen following lock down.

UNISON has a comprehensive guide on Domestic Violence and Abuse which includes guidance for reps and branches on how to support members as well as the model policy for employers. On Page 4 you will find helpful numbers that members can access, which members might find useful.

“If you are concerned for your own or someone else’s immediate safety, ring the police on 999 

If you or a friend needs help call 0808 2000 247 the freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge) or email: The helpline is a member of Language Line and can provide access to an interpreter for non-English speaking callers. The helpline can also access the BT Type Talk Service.

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Call 0800 999 5428 Monday to Wednesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday 1pm to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.  Tuesday 1pm to 5pm is a trans specific service. Email: Online chat: 3pm to 7pm Saturday, 3pm to 7pm Sunday

Men’s Advice Line for men experiencing domestic violence. Call 0808 801 0327 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or email:

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