Following the Government guidance and staying at home isn’t easy for anyone, but it is particularly difficult if you are living with an abuser.
The stay-at-home instruction does not apply if you need to leave home to escape domestic abuse.
These strange circumstances can increase the risk of harm. Survivors may be at home with their partner and unable to escape from the abuse. Abusive partners may have more free time and less to stop them continuing, or worsening, their behaviour.
If you are subject to domestic abuse, you are not alone, there is help available. For advice and support contact The Portal on 0300 323 9985.
If you are in immediate danger, or suspect someone else is, call 999.
If you are unable to talk, call 999, listen to the operator and then either press 55 on a mobile, when prompted, or wait on a landline to be connected to the police, who will be able to help.
For more advice and support, including safeguarding children and adults, visit the Safe in East Sussex website.