The Social Care Institute of Excellence has published advice around the impact of easing lockdown restrictions on domestic violence and abuse.

The advice is for social care professionals, but is equally relevant to any voluntary organisations’ staff or volunteers, who might be coming into contact with families where abuse is occurring.

This comes as the Home Office reports a rise in contacts to domestic abuse helplines during the pandemic, with incidents becoming more serious, with higher levels of violence and coercive control.

The advice contains conversations starters, and tools to help build a picture of daily life in that family, including triggers and patterns, as well as gathering information around changes in that picture due to lockdown.

For the full advice, see the SCIE website.