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Living Guide

The Living Guide and linked documents are archived and are no longer being updated (last updated April 2021). Our monthly newsletter and website continue to provide updates on Covid-19 and many other issues.

Safeguarding and domestic violence introduction

For some of our patients, the advice “stay home-save lives” carries a serious threat. For some, home is not safe, and they bear-or witness-abuse and violence from which there is no escape. In the six weeks after 9 March 2020, when people with coronavirus symptoms were asked to self-isolate, the Metropolitan Police reported charges and cautions for domestic violence were up 24% compared with the previous year.

Safeguarding children and adults remains as critical during this pandemic as it at other times and general practice has a vital role. The responsibility for practices is the same, the way it is executed will be different during the lock down.