1 Apr 2020
As the UK entered its second week of 'lockdown' measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, Rape Crisis England & Wales said:
“Rape Crisis England & Wales and all our member Rape Crisis Centres understand the real potential for the current situation to cause and exacerbate stress and anxiety for many people, for a range of different reasons.
This is not least of all the case for those processing trauma and living with the impacts of sexual violence and abuse, including PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms, especially during this period of social distancing and for those living alone.
As well as this, we know many women and children in particular will now find themselves confined to their homes with their abusers - a situation that could threaten both their emotional and physical health and put them in real danger.
Our Rape Crisis movement wants sexual violence and abuse victims and survivors to know that you are not alone. We are still here for you.
While we are following Government guidance to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which means suspending many face-to-face services, we are doing all we can to keep our crucial support on offer in other ways, including online and over the phone.
The RCEW Live Chat helpline, the national Rape Crisis helpline run by our member Rape Crisis South London, and many local Rape Crisis telephone support, text and email services are currently available as usual. Others have made adjustments to opening times but are still there for you. There are also a range of self-help and self-care resources available on our website.