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Concerns about domestic violence during the current Coronavirus lockdown? by Chrys Wall

April 9, 2020

Domestic violence rise

Domestic violence rise

BBC sources are reporting an alarming 25% increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline since the Coronavirus Lockdown, stating they’ve received hundred’s more calls in comparison to previous weeks and a 150% increase in website visits seeking support.

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge has said “last year 1.6 million women in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse, and while in Lockdown or self-isolation, women and children are likely to be spending concentrated periods of time with perpetrators, potentially escalating the threat of domestic abuse and further restricting their freedom.”

Sandra added,

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical – it’s a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, which can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual.”

Help and support

Whilst we understand the Lockdown order may cause stress and anxiety for those of you who are experiencing or feel you may be at risk of domestic abuse, this is unacceptable in any situation and you must not face it alone, it is important to remember that there is help and support available.

Police are advising that men and women who are facing any form of mental or physical abuse during the Lockdown should report this immediately and additionally seek advice and support from domestic abuse services.

 

 

Where to find help

Call 999

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is free and confidential service providing guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. Available 24 hours a day.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid provide additional advice specifically designed for the current Coronavirus outbreak, including a live chat service.

Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327

A confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.

Galop 0800 999 5428

For members of the LGBT+ community, call or email help@galop.org.uk.

Chayn

Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages, ranging from identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.

Thomson & Bancks – Here to help

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Family Department to discuss these matters confidentially. Our friendly and professional team will guide you and point you in the right direction of where to find help.

If you require assistance with any of the issues discussed in this article, please contact Thomson & Bancks Solicitors on:

Pershore 01386 562000
Tewkesbury 01684 299633
Cheltenham 01242 235250
Stratford-upon-Avon 01789 295544

 

Chrys Wall

Chrys is an experienced Solicitor, specialising in Family Law; relationship breakdowns, divorces, financial matters, Children and cases involving domestic violence. She is accredited by the organisation “Resolution”, certified to assist in Financial Provision and Children Law work. Details of the organisation Resolution can be found here.

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