Covid-19 and the resultant lockdown has affected our lives in ways that we could not imagine. One of the darker sides of lockdown is the increase of domestic abuse and people being isolated from their friends and family.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has received 80% more calls than usual for June. Refuge, the charity that runs the helpline has also released figures confirming that there has been a huge increase in women seeking refuge places to escape their abusers.
The Home Office has confirmed that there will be additional financial support and regular engagements of charities. Victoria Akins the Minister for safeguarding stated, “the Government remains resolute in combating this vile crime”.
Lisa King a Spokeswoman for Refuge confirmed, “we have seen in the last couple of weeks an increase of 54% of women wanting to access emergency accommodation”.
What should you do if you are the victim of Domestic Abuse?
If the matter is urgent dial 999 and press 55 when prompted if you cannot speak.
Refuge from their UK wide 24 hour helpline can be contacted on 0808 2000 247.
There is a specific men’s advice line which can be contacted on 0808 010327.
You can also contact Keebles urgently on 0114 265555.
We have a wealth of experience dealing with domestic abuse.
Legal Aid is still available for domestic abuse and we are able to apply for a Non-Molestation Order and or Occupation Order allowing you to live without the fear of your ex-partner contacting you and making you leave your home. The Courts have made a real effort to ensure that applications for Injunctions are dealt with quickly and that victims are not left in the cold,
You will not need to worry about collecting together any evidence, you simply need to contact us and we will take you through everything step by step.
Victims are often worried that they have not called the Police or that it will be a case of “your word against theirs” but the system doesn’t work like that. The first thing to do is to reach out for help and we can work together to decide what is best for you and your family.