Violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls is under-reported yet very common. This guide offers information and links to organisations that can provide help and support.

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This page is updated regularly. It provides useful information on violence against woman and girls (VAWG) support for Lambeth residents and practitioners during the context of coronavirus. 

Key messages

What to do in an emergency

If you are in immediate danger, always call the police on 999. If you can't speak on the phone, use the ‘Silent Solution’ system. Press 55 and the operator will transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.

Government Restrictions

Government restrictions as a result of coronavirus do not apply to you if you are experiencing abuse at home. You are encouraged to seek support. Find out how to get help.  

Gaia Centre

Survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence may feel particularly alone and at risk during self-isolation. If you’re in Lambeth, you can get confidential advice and support from the Gaia Centre. They can also support you with options around safe housing and legal advice.

See the following about service delivery during this time, also translated into 11 languages:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

For 24/7 advice for yourself or someone else, including how to access a refuge, contact the freephone: 0808 2000 247

Lambeth Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

MARAC is operating remotely every two weeks. For information or to make a referral email:

Support for survivors

Domestic abuse and sexual violence can affect anyone, regardless of their background or gender identity. There are many different forms including emotional, psychological and controlling behavior.

What to do during this time

Supporting children during this time

Support to change abusive behaviour

Stresses caused by coronavirus are not an excuse for abuse – abusing a partner, ex-partner or family member is always a choice.

The Respect Phoneline  can help those who perpetrate abuse to change their behaviour, and is operating as usual: 0808 802 4040.

Support for friends, family, colleagues and neighbours

Many of us know someone affected by domestic abuse but it can be hard to know how best to support them.

Support for practitioners