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Domestic abuse during Coronavirus

When staying at home is more dangerous than the virus - Domestic abuse during the coronavirus

With the UK now on lockdown domestic abuse victims are finding that they now have no escape from an abuser.

The Government acknowledges the risk to domestic abuse victims during this hard time. If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who might be then there is still help available.

Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual or financial. Domestic abuse is not acceptable and during these hard times we will see a rise in domestic abuse cases. The Government fund a number of charities which are available to domestic abuse victims during this time. They include online 24-hour services, telephone calls and refuges remain open to domestic abuse victims. Although the current advice is to stay at home, domestic abuse victims are an exception and are urged to leave home to seek refuge. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Priti Patel addressed abusers directly stating ‘you will not get away with your crimes’.

An estimated 2.4 million men and women experience domestic abuse in England and Wales in the year ending 2019 and this number is estimated to rise during this national pandemic as it has in China and Australia. We urge all victims to seek for help during these times. If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. Please see below listed domestic abuse organisations willing to help.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid - www.womensaid.org.uk

Stop Domestic Abuse - 02392008329 or go to stopdomesticabuse.uk/contact to fill out an online enquiry form to seek help

Respect- Men’s Advice Line- 08088010327

Our Family Law team help people suffering as a result of domestic abuse and violence. We offers no obligation legal advice on your options to help keep you and any children you may have safe.

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