Women and children with abusive partners have been asking for help as more families follow advice to self-isolate.
Local women’s aid charities are supporting women, who fear controlling partners or former partners – even if they no longer live together – could take advantage of social isolation guidance to persecute them.
The groups have been adopting new ways of working as they seek to provide the same levels of support.
Dr Marsha Scott, chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid, said: “We must not lose sight of the specific challenges for children and women experiencing domestic abuse and for the services desperately working to support those children and women in this environment.”
She said some women who live with an abuser will “feel increased anxiety” around the prospect of self-isolation and social distancing in a house with an abuser.”
“For many victims or survivors who do not live with their abusers, they may feel an increased level of fear at the prospect of their abuser knowing that they are at home, and the possibility for further surveillance that this creates,” she added.
Domestic abuse remains a huge concern across Tayside and Fife.
Dundee has the highest incidence of domestic abuse incidents in Scotland , according to Scottish Government figures.
While senior police officers in Angus have warned the level of domestic abuse in the county is among the biggest challenges they face.
Mary Miller, head of Dundee Women’s Aid, said: “This pandemic means moving to new ways of working – including providing our service over the phone, by text or by email.
“Women seeking support during this time should still reach out to us by calling 01382 207099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
She said staff could still help with the same safe refuge, safety planning, emotional support and referrals for other services that they would do in person.
Kirriemuir councillor Julie Bell, SNP, who campaigns on women’s issues, said those most at risk should speak to their manager at work or contact Women’s Aid groups.
“It might be that a safer alternative to home working can be found,” she said.
She said women and children were at a greater risk of domestic abuse in this crisis.
“Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional or coercive control
“If you are a colleague or a friend of someone experiencing domestic abuse then please do stay in touch with them.
“I have no doubt that demands on these life-saving services will be stretched but I have every confidence we have a community that actively cares, and that help will be given,” she added.