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Day 13: During the first Covid-19 lockdown, there was a 43% rise in contacts with the 24hr National Freephone Helpline

Posted on December 07, 2020

Day 13


Over the last 9 months Women’s Aid has been on the frontline answering calls from women who are trapped at home with very dangerous abusers. Women have told us of the devastating effects that lockdown restrictions have had on them. Abusers have used the restrictions as an excuse not to leave after they have been violent. When abusers did not have physical access to current or former partners, they persisted with the abuse through text, phone call, video call and social media. Women with underlying health conditions also reported instances of their partners deliberately not adhering to Covid-19 restrictions and effectively weaponising the virus by coughing or spitting on them.

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"...He once threatened me "You might leave me, but you won't leave with that face," and beat me pretty badly. This photo is from that night and now I'm the one burning the memory of it.” - Annmarie

Posted on December 07, 2017


“It was my Christmas party and he told me I wasn't allowed go to it. I had to go, I organised it and had promised everyone I would be there. He warned me I would be punished if I disobeyed him but I didn't want to let anyone down. I waited until he left the house, and then I went. I had a horrible nervous feeling all night but I tried to enjoy myself. When I came home, he was standing in the kitchen with this smug smile on his face. I knew he had done something but couldn't imagine what. My son called me upstairs and said 'Dad's after burning all your things.'

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Day 13: Women's Aid offers support in 170+ languages

Posted on December 07, 2016


The women we support are diverse and come from all walks of life. Domestic violence can affect any woman, at any age and from any background.  Today we look at the additional barriers women from Migrant communities face.

339 callers to the National Freephone Helpline in 2014 identified that they were Migrant women and 27% of the new women we saw in 2015 in our One to One Service were migrant women.

Just over half were from other EU member states while 47% were from non EU countries.

The additional barriers faced by migrant women affected by domestic violence include:

  • the impact of the lack of independent residency status.
  • ineligibility for social protection.
  • limited access to emergency accommodation.

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Permanent link | Categories: 16 Facts for 16 DaysDay 137th December 2016

Day Thirteen: offering support in 170 languages

Posted on December 07, 2014

Day 13

The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is accessible to women in 170 different languages. The telephone interpretation service allows women with limited or no English experiencing domestic violence to access free, confidential telephone support.

The telephone interpretation service allows women who are often extremely isolated due to language barriers to access support.

It is provided by an accredited and professional interpreter service located outside the country, ensuring the confidentiality and anonymity of the service. The service is available throughout the normal opening hours of the helpline 10am-10pm, 7 days a week.

An example of the lifeline that the interpretation service provides comes from an early user of the service:

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