COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 lockdown has restricted the ability for people to move freely; this will effect a number of people socially but may have a devastating impact on those who experience domestic violence.

Domestic violence includes threats, intimidation, and physical, emotional, and/ or sexual abuse between a couple or family members.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, and anyone can be an abuser. Living with the torment of this sort of violence is not a normal part of life and should not be tolerated.

For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available; this  includes police, online support, helplines, refuges and other relevant services.

The Royal Gibraltar Police have stressed that ‘you are not alone’:

If you hear it

If you see it

Speak out

Call 20072500 or 199 in an emergency.

See the video by the Royal Gibraltar Police & the Ministry of Equality [please note some people may find this video distressing]:

Strong links have been found between alcohol use and domestic violence, being a factor in around half of cases. Ensure you are  alcohol aware.

For more information on this campaign contact the Ministry of Equality; Email equality@gibraltar.gov.gi