Coronavirus: New website launched to reduce family arguments

Coronavirus: New website launched to reduce family arguments

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:25am 11th May 2020. (Updated at 12:03pm 11th May 2020)

Leeds City Council has joined forces with 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region to launch a new website that aims to help families who are having relationship difficulties.

  • The website launches today 
  • It provides information, tips and advice for when disagreements and arguments between family members become difficult
  • It's hoped it'll reduce the negative impact of arguments on children 
  • It's as charities report a rise in domestic abuse cases nationally due to the coronavirus lockdown

The website, launched today (May 11), provides information, tips and advice for when disagreements and arguments between family members become difficult.

The new site, www.relationshipmatters.org.uk, aims to help people recognise when regular conflict may be having a negative impact on families, in particularly children.

It aims to reduce this impact by helping families navigate common situations such as;

  • Regular arguments and shouting
  • Worries about separation/divorce
  • Managing sulking, silent treatment and slamming doors
  • Worries and anxiety getting in the way of managing everyday life
  • Difficulty apologising and moving on after an argument
  • Conflict via hurtful texts, emails, or social media
  • The new website provides tips and information to help families stay calm and work out what needs to happen, as well as signposting them to get further help where appropriate

Councillor Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for children and families, said:

“Disagreements between family members are completely normal, but evidence shows that regular conflict has a big impact on children. This is particularly significant as we all spend longer periods of time with our families due to self-isolation, lock down and social distancing measures. It’s fantastic that so many local authorities have worked together to make this important resource available to everyone and I hope the families who engage with it find it helpful.”

It's as a rise is reported nationally in cases of domestic abuse since the coronavirus lockdown started.

Leeds City Council says sometimes it can be challenging to separate parental conflict and domestic abuse.  

If there are any concerns about controlling/coercive behaviour, violence or fear, families should seek advice from their local domestic violence services.

In Leeds you can contact Leeds Domestic Violence Service on 0113 2460401

In North Yorkshire, contact IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) on 03000 110 110