Champion’s Network

Domestic Abuse and Coronavirus Covid-19

During the current difficult times we are developing regular newsletters/information sheets for those in Cumbria who are supporting, or are themselves, victims/survivors of domestic abuse.

Below is the list of these in reverse order with the most recent at the top.  Please feel free to print them and share them.  If you notice anything that is not correct please get in touch.

If you would like to be added to the circulation list or have any comments or new information, then please email Steve on

Covid-19 newsletter #40 18-09-20
Covid-19 newsletter #39 04-09-20
Covid-19 newsletter #38 10-08-20
Covid-19 newsletter #37 30-07-20
Covid-19 newsletter #36 20-07-20
Covid-19 newsletter #35 09-07-20
Covid-19 newsletter #34 29-06-20
Covid-19 newsletter #33 23-06-20
Covid-19 newsletter #32 16-06-20
Covid-19 newsletter #31 08-06-20
Covid-19 newsletter #30 28-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #29 26-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #28 18-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #27 13-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #26 11-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #25 06-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #24 04-05-20
Covid-19 newsletter #23 29-04-20
Covid-19 newsletter #22 27-04-20
Covid-19 newsletter #21 22-04-20
Covid-19 newsletter #20 20-04-20
Covid-19 newsletter #19 17-04-20
Covid-19 newsletter #18 14-04-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #17 09-04-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #16 08-04-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #15 06-04-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #14 01-04-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #13 30-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #12 26-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #11 25-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #10 24-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #9 23-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #8 20-03-20 pm
Covid-19 newsletter #7 20-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #6 19-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #5 19-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #4 19-03-20 pm
Covid-19 newsletter #3 19-03-20 am
Covid-19 newsletter #2 17-03-20 pm
Covid-19 newsletter #1 17-03-20 am


Women’s Community Matters remains open and available for support.  For those in crisis face to face appointments are still available (with the additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place).

For others telephone support is available.  Please see our contact details and reception opening hours on the Contact Us page.



Cumbria Domestic Abuse Champions’ Network

We are here to support the community of Cumbria in working with, and supporting, victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We provide training and host Network meetings around Cumbria. Dates and times of the training and Network meetings will appear on here as they are arranged.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is an incident, or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. However, men can also be victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online and digital abuse

The meeting dates for the Network are below.  More dates, times and details will be added throughout the year as they are confirmed.

Area of Cumbria Network Meetings
South 18 September 2019 at Women’s Community Matters, Barrow 15 January 2020 at Kendal Town Hall, Kendal 9.30am May 2020 at Women’s Community Matters, Barrow 9.30am
West 16 October 2019 at Allerdale Borough Council, Workington February 2020 9.30am June 2020, 9.30am
North 13 November 2019 Oak Tree Animals Charity, Nr Carlisle March 2020 9.30am July 2020, 9.30am

If you are interested in attending one of our training events please contact us by email on for further information.

If you are professional and you would like to share information about your service around our Network please contact

For 24-hour support and advice about domestic abuse contact;
Victim Support 24 hour/7 days a week Support-line 08 08 16 89 111
24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247

Upcoming training dates for the network are as follows:



South Cumbria

20th & 21st November 2019, Kendal Town Hall – fully booked

April 2020, Women’s Community Matters, Barrow – date to be confirmed


West Cumbria

January 2020 – details to be confirm

May 2020 – details to be confirmed


North Cumbria

30th October & 1st November 2019, Rosehill, Carlisle – fully booked

5th & 6th December 2019, Eden District Council, Penrith – fully booked

June or July 2020 – details to be confirmed


Details are updated regularly as we confirm venues and dates.

To book on the training please download the booking form at the link below and return via email to or via post to: Steve Robson, Women’s Community Matters, Nan Tait, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.  LA14 1LG.


Champions network training booking form


The network is only possible through the raising of charitable funds.  If you are interested in financially supporting the network via sponsorship or a fundraising event please contact