We have seen a massive surge in calls to our service during the lockdown for domestic abuse related matters.
We note with concern that Multiple support services have reported a surge in calls to helplines, while the Metropolitan police said they had made 4,093 arrests for domestic abuse offences – an average of about 100 a day – since 9 March, when people with coronavirus symptoms were asked to self-isolate.
Staying at home is an important part of the strategy to prevent coronavirus from spreading and save lives, but for some people home isn’t safe. Urgent action is needed to protect victims and prevent perpetrators from exploiting the lockdown to increase abuse.
The government has made funds available to support victims of domestic violence during the global pandemic.
If you need confidential advice and assistance call us on 03335776639 Monday to Friday 11 am to 3pm.
In an emergency please call 999.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is open 24 hours a day for free and in confidence advice. Call 0802000247.