Domestic abuse incidents related to the coronavirus outbreak have already been seen, according to a police leader in Greater Manchester.
The deputy mayor for policing and crime Baroness Beverley Hughes said there had been reports of abuse linked to the virus, which has seen the country put on lockdown, and the force was preparing for serious incidents.
Speaking at an online press conference following a meeting of the region's Covid-19 emergency committee, Baroness Hughes said: "I think we are beginning to see a rise in domestic abuse incidents. We anticipated this might happen in the very stressful circumstances for many families."
She later said the overall level of domestic abuse cases was as expected, but officers were classifying incidents believed to have a connection to Covid-19.
She said families were being asked to stay at home and many had significantly less money, or no income, as a result of restrictions put in place.
Baroness Hughes said there had also been a small rise in the number of hate crimes.
In Cumbria, police asked postal workers and delivery drivers to look out for signs of abuse.
Detective Chief Inspector Dan St Quintin said: "In the coming weeks and months we ask for everyone to look out for each other as much as possible.
He said the Bright Sky app, which can be disguised for those worried about partners checking their phones, provides support and information for victims.
On Tuesday, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told the Commons Justice Committee the country may see more cases of domestic abuse, as well as online crime and fraud during the outbreak.
VIDEO: Hera Hussain, from domestic abuse charity Chayn on whether the situation is now worse for people in abusive relationships: