Shadow Pandemic report

Shining a light on domestic abuse during Covid-19

The Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Abuse Learning Partnership was set up with the support of The National Lottery Community Fund following initial conversations about what the sector needed in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We set out to bring together the voices of survivors and practitioners, relevant research from each organisation, and practical and policy expertise, to demonstrate how the response to domestic abuse needs to change in the long-term, after and as a result of Covid-19.

This report looks at the impact of Covid-19 on survivors of domestic abuse and on the frontline organisations that support them. It explores innovations from the domestic abuse sector in response the many challenges brought by the pandemic as well as gaps in the systemic response to domestic abuse from across different sectors and levels of Government.


Hard to get any privacy or time to make calls to anyone who can help. Can’t physically leave the house … he doesn’t have any routine.


Our partners

The partnership was formed of SafeLives alongside AAFDA, Chayn, Galop, Imkaan, Respect, Rights of Women, Social Finance, Standing Together, Surviving Economic Abuse and Women’s Aid.

Further research and reading


Evidence and research related to the coronavirus pandemic and domestic abuse.