Coronavirus and lockdown


Coronavirus and lockdown: Specialist organizations mobilize to ensure support and resources for victims of violence

Around the world, self-isolation and lockdown measures are in place to slow the spread of covid-19. However, these policies make it much more difficult for women victims of violence to access the resources they need.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse, contact the specialist organizations listed below, who remain mobilized to provide essential information and support in this complicated moment.

Specialist organizations and resources

Consult Chayn, which offers a chatbot for your questions and also provides tips, toolkits and a daily web support group. Many resources are available in multiple languages. See below:

Support by country:

United Kingdom

Women’s Aid, the national federation that provides life-saving services to survivors of domestic violence. If you need support, contact:

  • The live, fully confidential chat, open Monday to Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm
  • The survivors’ Forum to speak with other women in a safe space
  • Or consult their online resources including the Survivors Handbook to find out about legal rights and more
  • You can also find your local service directly here
    The National Hotline for Domestic Abuse is 0808 2000 247

In case of an emergency, call 999.

United States

The National Network to End Domestic Violence provides Information and Resources for survivors here. It has also created a Technology Safety & Privacy Toolkit for survivors.

You can also contact:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, TTY 1-800-787-3224, or by online chat.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673, or by online chat.

In case of an emergency, call 911.


La Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes (FNSF) continues to run the confidential National Violence Against Women hotline, 3919, open 7 days a week: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day.

In addition, you can also contact:

  • All local member organizations of the FNSF. Find the number to the organization closest to you here (page in French).
    En Avant Toute(s) offers an online chat, completely free, anonymous and secure for victims of violence. The chat is open 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm.

These resources are available in French only.

In case of an emergency, call 17


DiRe, the national federation of local organizations supporting survivors of violence. Contact your local organization here. provides clear and comprehensive tools, information and support to women survivors and those who are close to them. Among them :

You can also contact:
The National Anti-violence Hotline 1522

These resources are available in Italian only.

In case of an emergency, call 112

For other European countries, visit WAVE, Women Against Violence Europe. This network provides a list of specialist organizations that combat violence against women and domestic violence. You can access their complete list here.