For some, staying at home as a result of Covid-19 will have increased their risk of domestic abuse, sexual violence and coercive control, and even greater isolation. The need to stay home could increase an abuser’s power and control, with signs of abuse less visible, as victims have fewer opportunities to access their usual supportive networks such as work, family or community groups.

Welsh Government's Home shouldn’t be a place of fear campaign has been launched to let those at risk know that help is still available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Live Fear Free helpline 0808 80 10 800 and website

There are a number of ways to get in touch with the Live Fear Free helpline and seek help, advice and support – by telephone, live chat, text or email. They also want to make sure that people who are concerned that someone they know may be experiencing abuse can also contact the helpline.

People affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence and coercive control at this time will be harder to reach. Welsh Government really need your help to raise awareness of the support and advice that is still available by sharing information.