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Living Guide

This living document is produced by the GP medical directors of Londonwide LMCs in collaboration with clinical colleagues within the NHS system in London to guide London’s GP practices to best help our patients.
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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.