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Domestic abuse in Wales and Covid-19

A survey is now open for people who live or work in Wales and have witnessed domestic abuse or its warning signs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey forms part of domestic abuse research being delivered by The Wales Violence Prevention Unit and University of Exeter, investigating the experiences and behaviours of those who witness or have concerns about domestic violence and abuse and its warning signs during Covid-19.

The research team is asking members of the Welsh public to share anonymously their experience of witnessing or having concerns about domestic abuse during the pandemic, so bystanders can be equipped with the right knowledge, skills and training necessary to safely intervene and help more people in the future.

Since lockdown measures came into force early in 2020, there have been stark warnings from global leaders about the risk of a "shadow pandemic" of abuse taking place inside people's homes. In Wales, there has been a 41 per cent increase in the number of contacts made to the Live Fear Free helpline since April 2020.

As much of the population continues to observe the "stay home" guidance, there are fewer opportunities for survivors to seek support and for bystanders, such as concerned family, friends, volunteers and colleagues, to intervene. However, with many people now conducting much of their daily life from inside their homes, there are new opportunities for different groups of people, including neighbours, colleagues in virtual meetings and delivery drivers, to spot the warning signs of abuse and take safe action.

To participate in the survey, click here.