DAME Julie Walters has urged people to “stay alert” to domestic violence during the lockdown.

The actor told viewers how they could call a helpline during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

Speaking from her home in West Sussex, she said: “We have got to stay alert (and) listen out. If you hear anything or you’re worried about someone, see if you can get them to talk.

“There are lots of helplines. My Sister’s House in West Sussex has its own helplines and Women’s Aid, which I’m also a patron of, has helplines.

“You can ring up and there is a code so that if there’s anyone in the room who is frightening you or intimidating you they won’t know what you’re saying or who you’re speaking to.”

Based in Bognor, My Sister’s House provides a range of support needs to women in West Sussex.