Much of the world is self-isolating at home right now to stop the spread of COVID-19. Whilst this has an enormous impact on people everywhere, being safe at home with family and loved ones is helping to make the situation bearable. But what happens if home isn’t a safe place? What happens if being with a partner terrifies you?
Many people who are in abusive or violent situations are now trapped at home with their abuser and more isolated than ever. Domestic violence is all about power and control, and in an isolated environment, control is more easily exerted by abusers. In England, 67% of survivors who are currently experiencing abuse shared that it has got worse since Covid-19 and 72% said their abuser has more control over their life*. Unfortunately, it’s sadly a trend that’s being experienced worldwide. We need to do something about it.
Together with global partner NO MORE** and UK partner WOMEN’S AID we want to combat domestic violence with the aim of increasing awareness, inspiring action and fuelling culture change to keep women and girls safe. You can join the fight and show your solidarity by sharing the hashtag #isolatednotalone
*Women’s Aid Survivor Survey, April 2020 **NO MORE, a domestic violence and sexual assault organisation