Isolation as a result of the COVID-19 emergency could increase incidents of domestic violence. At LAWRS, we want you to know that you are not alone. If you are experiencing or are at risk of domestic violence, follow these steps to keep yourself and your family safe.


Stay safe at home

During this isolation, your home may not be a safe environment. If you are at risk of domestic violence, take these steps to keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
  • Agree on a code word with friends or family you trust to call the police in case you contact them.
  • Talk to your children about where to go if your partner becomes aggressive. Ask them not to intervene as they could put themselves in greater danger.
  • Ask your children to dial 999 only until they are in a safe place. They should know how to say your full address in English.
  • If your neighbours are aware of the situation, let them know that they should call the police if they hear an altercation.
  • If your partner becomes violent, avoid the kitchen, the garage, or any place where there may be objects that can be used as weapons.

If you need advice, call the LAWRS team

0771 928 1714

Monday to Thursday from 10am to 1pm

0759 597 0580

Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm

  • If you can’t call, email us at with your name, phone number and a safe time to call you.
  • In case of imminent danger you should always call 999. Regardless of your immigration status, remember that you can always ask the police for help.

Always remember that you are not alone.