Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of sexual violence and abuse

Advice and support for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of sexual violence and abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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The government acknowledges that recent measures announced to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), such as the order to stay at home, can cause anxiety and other mental health challenges for those who have experienced sexual violence and abuse, and worsen the suffering of those who are currently experiencing or feel at risk of sexual violence and abuse. Sexual violence and abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses an individual is under.

This guide highlights the help and support available to you and how the government is working with the charity sector and the police to ensure that these support services remain open during this challenging time.

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls

If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999, and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

Published 23 April 2020