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Home Office DA Guidance
The Home Office has published guidance highlighting help and support available to victims of domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak in England.
Surviving Economic Abuse
Covid-19 booklet
Safety Planning and Information
Parents pack
Rights of Women
Child Contact Arrangements
DIY Online Safety Guide
Chayn Securities have produced an online safety guide which is available in 9 languages and teaches people on how they can be tracked – and how to hide your tracks on email, browsers,
facebook and other platforms.    
Podcasts – ‘Undiscussable’
Podcasts for survivors by survivors led by Charlie Webster which explore domestic abuse and look at responses by the government, police, UN and ourselves.
Online Freedom Programme
Rachel Williams, a survivor of domestic abuse is running Freedom Programme via Zoom, starting on Monday 30th March, 1000 – 1100/1130. If you are aware of anyone who would like (and it’s safe for them) to participate in this rolling programme, they can email  and she will send you the link for this and / or for the Professionals session she’s hosting at 1400 on Monday and/ or a chat for whoever wants to talk on Friday at 1000.
Guidance for Health Visitors (useful tips for making contact virtually)
The Institute of Health Visitors have published their guidance on delivering health visiting contacts using virtual methods.
Royal College of General Practitioners
Safeguarding during Covid-19 resource
Applying for a domestic violence (Family Law Act) injunction during coronavirus outbreak
Details about how to apply for an injunction can be found here
NSPCC Online Hub
The NSPCC has created an online Hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. Content includes: information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus.
Childline has updated its Coranavirus webpage to include tips for children and young people on coping at home during lockdown. Advice includes: keeping in touch with friends online and talking to people at home; staying busy with things like schoolwork or hobbies; and speaking to a trusted adult or parent if they need support.

Self Help Guide
The London Survivors Gateway / Women and Girls Network have produced an excellent booklet on self-help with tips including grounding exercises; creating a comfort kit and relaxation exercises. Whilst the resource has been created primarily to help women who have been sexually abused, the information is just as helpful for male victims as well as domestic abuse victims.
Government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus
Support for deaf Children
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has published information for parents, carers and families and information for professionals to support d/Deaf children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Autism Support
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has released a podcast for parents and carers about supporting children and young people with autism during the Coronavirus outbreak. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has also published resources for people with autism of all ages.
Online Safety Guide for Parents
Thinkuknow has published guidance for parents and carers to support children who may be spending more time online at home while they do their school work and socialise with friends. Suggestions to help parents keep children safe online include: chatting to find out how they use online technology and what it means to them; reminding children to report anything worrying, and how they can do this; and setting up or reviewing parental controls. 
Tech Abuse
Respect guidance for frontline practitioners
Tips on de-escalating arguments
Whilst most victims will be experts in trying to defuse situations or trying to prevent escalation, Relate have some tips on their website which may be useful at this time:
Other tips we’ve seen people asking themselves:
-       What did I do last time my partner started to become violent?
-       How did they react to that?
-       What usually helps calm them down?
Some survivors report that submitting to their abusers for a short time keeps them safer. Whilst it might feel terrible that survivors are submitting to their abuser’s control, there is no shame in doing what is necessary to keep themselves and their children safe. They are an expert in their own situations.
Mental Wellbeing Suggestions
Mindfulness and meditation 
Headspace – mindfulness app with some free content available to help cope with all that is going on. The app is a great choice if you want to learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness, with a free 10-part “basics” course and whimsical animations to help you find your feet: 
Calm - app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. Open the Calm app and you’ll immediately be greeted with the gentle sound of the outdoors. As well as guided Daily Calm sessions, which help you unwind and refocus your attention, there are also programmes for intermediate and advanced users
Stop, Breathe & Think - Unlike many other apps on the market, Stop, Breathe & Think asks you to “check in” before meditating. Using a choice of adjectives to describe how you’re feeling, both physically and mentally, this is a great way to get into the right mindset after a busy day in the office or on your feet.
Omvana – meditation app with a library of tracks, discover soothing meditations for every aspect of living. From stress management to healing to attracting abundance to visualizing your ideal future and more. 
YOU – Miicro actions app to encourage positive behaviour change  
10% Happier - The 10% Happier app bills itself as “mediation for fidgety sceptics.” “Most of the meditation apps out there have a very traditional tone – very soft and gooey and loving,” co-founder Dan Harris told TechCrunch last year. “But we’re much more in the no-b******* category.” 
The Mindfulness App - This app does what it says on the tin. With a free download, not only do you get a five-day introduction to mindfulness, but there is also a range of guided and silent timed sessions to choose from – from a three-minute refresher, to deeper half-hour sessions  
Buddhify - Buddhify boasts that it is the “only meditation app designed to fit into a busy modern lifestyle”. It’s certainly unique in its design, with a daily wheel divided into segments, from waking up, to going to bed  
You tube 
Yoga with Adriene - hugely popular Yoga with Adriene YouTube series (which has over 6.2 million subscribers)  
The Body Coach - free home workouts to everyone, no matter what their fitness levels.
Feel Better Live more – Listen to stories from leading health expert and exciting personalities who offer easy life hacks and tips to revolutionise how you eat, sleep, move and relax.
Happy Place – Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss and everything in between
Spotify/Apple music 
Kelly Howell – Binaural beats for meditation, learning, creativity, healing, sleep, goal achievement and behaviour modification  

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