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National Alert System - advice for domestic abuse survivors

Last updated by on Tuesday, April 18, 2023


On Sunday 23 April the Government are testing an emergency alert system, which will send an alert to every mobile phone in the UK. The alert will make a siren noise and vibrate for around 10 seconds, with users unable to access their device until they clear the alert. This is still expected to happen even if the device is on silent mode.


This could impact survivors of domestic abuse who have another phone or are hiding their phone from the perpetrator. National charity Refuge have created a useful video to let survivors know how to turn the alert off on both Android phones and iPhones if they need to do this to keep themselves safe.