Domestic abuse isn’t always physical – it’s a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, that can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual.
Abuse is a choice a perpetrator makes and isolation is already used by many perpetrators as a tool of control.
Domestic abuse help and resources
If you need help recognising the signs of abuse, you can find information and resources at www.refuge.org.uk.
Read the COVID-19 survivor tips on the Refuge website.
If it is not safe for you to call the helpline, visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk. Use the contact form to register your details and indicate a safe time for one of the helpline staff to call you back when your partner is not around.
How to safeguard your devices
If you are concerned that your partner is monitoring your devices, including your phone or laptop, you can access the tech abuse chatbot (look for the pink speech bubble at the bottom right of the screen).
Here, you can find simple step-by-step instructions in video form that you can use to safeguard your devices. Only access this service if it is safe for you to do so, and use the ‘quick exit’ button if you are in the vicinity of an abusive partner.
Always call 999 in an emergency. If you are unable to speak on the phone, there are systems in place to connect you to the right service.