IMPORTANT: If in immediate danger, dial 999. If you cannot speak, dial 55 once the operator answers your call; they will respond accordingly.

There are many services available to help you, please see our list below:

Refuge - Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical – it’s a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, which can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual. Abuse is a choice a perpetrator makes, and isolation is already used by many perpetrators as a tool of control.

While in lockdown or self-isolation, women and children are likely to be spending concentrated periods of time with perpetrators, potentially escalating the threat of domestic abuse and further restricting their freedom. Lines of communication could be severely limited if women are unable to leave the home.

Refuge remains open, the Freephone Helpline is operating 24/7, with confidential, non-judgmental support available from our team of trained female advisers. We also have an online contact form, with additional support resources available for survivors, friends and family. Women can request a safe time to be called.

If you are worried about a loved one, or about isolating with a perpetrator, please call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or contact the Helpline via Refuge’s contact form at To ensure your safety you can let us know how to contact you and what time to contact you. In an emergency, always be ready to call 999 if you are in danger.

Save Lives - Ending Domestic Abuse

Aylesbury Women's Aid - Website:; Telephone: 01296 437777; Out Of Hours Mobile: 07742 162484

Wycombe Women's Aid - Telephone: 01494 461367

Womens Aid - Safety & Support Resources during COVID-19:

How to leave your abusive partner during lockdown:

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