A West Cumbrian council helped to provide emergency accommodation to a number of people fleeing abuse with nowhere else to go during the pandemic.

Copeland Council provided emergency accommodation to eight households fleeing abuse, which also involved rehoming "many" children.

A spokesman for Copeland Council said: "Our properties are specially designed for victims with families so that parents can stay with their children whilst more permanent accommodation is found.

"If you need help to leave an abusive partner, parent, child or someone else you live with, contact our prevention and crisis support officer by email at housing.options@copeland.gov.uk or by calling 01946 598300.

Anyone who believes they are in immediate danger of abuse or exploitation should call 999.

Those who are affected by these issues, but who are not homeless or at risk of homelessness, should call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or email helpline@refuge.org.uk.