Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been collaborating with our sector partners to ensure that victim and survivor’s safety remains a top priority. To achieve this, we will continue to hold perpetrators to account.
Respect's Helplines are running as normal. Our team have made plans to meet increased demand and have reviewed the advice they give to service users, so their needs are better met in the COVID-19 context. Please refer to our helpline websites for more information www.respectphoneline.org.uk and www.mensadviceline.org.uk
The Respect Phoneline has launched the #NoExcuseForAbuse campaign. It's aimed at perpetrators of domestic abuse and our key message is that the lockdown is not an excuse for abuse. The campaign is run on Respect's social media accounts. For more information contact [email protected]
We are working closely with our members, to support them through this challenging time. For any concerns about Respect member services, contact [email protected]
We are developing resources for the sector and will be reviewing these on an ongoing basis.
Work with perpetrators COVID-19 resources and updates
- Respect guidance for domestic abuse practitioners working with perpetrators
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 3rd April 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 17th April 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 24th April 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 1st May 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 7th May 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 15th May 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 22nd May 2020
- Impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse perpetrator services 29th May 2020
Respect COVID-19 public affairs
- Respect's Response to the Home Affairs Call for Evidence COVID-19 Preparedness
- Respect signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister on VAWG in the context of COVID-19. Read here: VAWG Letter to Prime Minister on COVID-19
- Respect signed the join sector statement on COVID-19. Read here: VAWG Sector Statement on COVID-19
- Respect signed a joint sector letter calling on government to support women and girls during coronavirus
Respect joint sector resources on domestic abuse in COVID-19
COVID-19 Domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence:
- Advice for friends, family, neighbours and community members
- Safety and well-being advice for survivors
COVID-19 and domestic abuse funding opportunities
The National Lottery Fund is supporting domestic abuse organisations during COVID-19.
Barclays is making 100 donations of £100,000 to UK charities working to support vulnerable populations through their 100x100 COVID-19 Community Relief Programme. For more info click here.
Coronavirus Community Support Fund has available grants for small and medium size charities to increase community support to vulnerable people and to reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises. Click here for more details.
Respect Phoneline COVID-19 social media campaign
Respect Phoneline is running a social media campaign #NoExcuseForAbuse during COVID-19.
- Download the campaign poster
- Download a graphic in English (for Welsh click here)
- Download the comms pack in English (for Welsh click here)
For the full campaign materials or for more information please email [email protected]