COVID-19: Health adviceWhat to do if you feel unwell and how to look after yourself. See also our Covid-19 Local Outbreak Management Plan and the current COVID-19 figures in Haringey

COVID-19 and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

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As advice remains to stay at home, we know some people will be feeling anxious about the prospect of themselves or loved ones being at home with abusive partners or relatives.

This page contains guidance and information for residents and professionals who may be worried about themselves or someone else at risk of Domestic Abuse (DA) or any type of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Violence Against Women and Girls includes the following:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced Marriage
  • So-called 'Honour Based Violence'
  • Sexual Violence, Abuse, and Exploitation
  • Sexual Harassment and Bullying
  • Coercive and Controlling Behaviour
  • Stalking

Important things to remember

Help is available

  • Details of how to access support are in the following section

You are allowed to leave your home to flee violence or abuse

Violence Against Women and Girls is never acceptable

  • The effects of COVID-19 and the government lockdown are causing stress and anxiety for many individuals, families, and communities. However, abuse and violence are never acceptable, no matter what the circumstances and conditions are. If someone is abusing you, it is their choice and it cannot be excused because of the pandemic. Help is available for survivors and perpetrators.

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How to get help

For survivors

For perpetrators

  • If you are concerned about your own abusive behaviour and want to get help, the Domestic Violence Intervention Project can help you.

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When to get help

  • It is never too late or too soon to get support
  • All forms of DA and VAWG are serious
  • Violence is not always physical- Emotional, psychological, and economic abuse are forms of DA and VAWG

If you are not sure if you are being abused:

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Getting Help Safely

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Information for Haringey Practitioners

Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls

If you are a professional supporting an individual or family who is experiencing DA or VAWG, please continue to refer according to the standard referral pathway.

For additional specialist services, you can refer to Haringey VAWG Service Directory 2019 (PDF, 695KB).

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Referrals for additional support

Help us reach all VAWG survivors in Haringey during the lockdown:

  • If your organisation has a newsletter, social media account, or any other way of reaching Haringey residents, please share our DA Helplines COVID-19 Poster (PDF, 303KB) so that survivors know what help is available.

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Information and Resources for Survivors

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Keep in Touch

Sign up to receive our Haringey VAWG Newsletter

Check out all of our previous Haringey VAWG Newsletters

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Haringey VAWG Team on VAWG@haringey.gov.uk

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Page last updated:

21 April 2020