During COVID-19, we are continuing to support women and girls in Rotherham and surrounding areas:

  • By phone: 07824 767170
  • By email: apnahaq2@gmail.com

Our office is currently closed due to government restrictions; however, we can arrange one-to-one meetings where necessary. Please go to our Contact us page to find other ways to get in touch.


COVID-19 information in other languages

If you prefer to read about COVID-19 in other languages, please see the Doctors of the World website.


About coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a virus which can be spread from person to person when an infected person breathes out droplets which are then breathed in by another person.

The symptoms

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change in your sense of smell or taste

Read more about the symptoms >>

The test

If you experience any of the symptoms above, you must get a test. You can either go to a test centre or order a home test kit.

Read about the test >>

The vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now up and running. The vaccine is safe and gives you the best protection against the virus. It is being rolled out in order of priority groups. You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn to get the vaccine. You will be asked to go to either a hospital, a pharmacy, a local vaccination centre, or a larger vaccination centre.

Read about the vaccine >>

The rules in England

The UK government has rules in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These change from time to time, so it is important that you stay up to date with the latest rules about what you can and cannot do.

Read more about the rules >>

Support bubbles

Some people are allowed to form a support bubble with another household. This means you can expand the group of people you have contact with during lockdowns.

Read more about support bubbles >>


The rise in domestic violence during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has led to many people being at home more than normal due to the government’s lockdown restrictions. We know that many women and girls will be feeling scared and unsafe if they live with an abuser. If this is happening to you, please contact us for help – we are here for you.

It is important to remember than even when the lockdown rules tell us to stay at home, “you are allowed to leave home to avoid injury or illness, or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse)”.

You may not know how to leave home and change your situation on your own, and that is completely normal. That’s why organisations like us exist to help – there is always a way out.


How Apna Haq can help you during COVID-19

We are led by Black and minoritised women who have many years of experience in the forms of violence that disproportionately affect women from these communities. We can help you work out how to leave your situation carefully and safely.

You can read more about violence against women and girls, and how we can help, on these pages:


Other services you can contact for help

  • 999: If you are in danger, call 999 for emergency services.
  • Doctor: Your GP surgery is still open during COVID-19 although the doctor may ask you to have a telephone or video appointment, rather than asking you to go into the surgery.
  • Other local and national services: Find a list of other services on our webpage, I am a woman needing support.

Domestic violence information

Below are some websites that will give you more information and advice if you are experiencing domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The UK government website

Women’s Aid website


General information about COVID-19

UK government latest information

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council latest information