Police and charities prepare for rise in domestic abuse cases during lockdown

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Police and domestic abuse charities say they're expecting a stark rise in the number of cases of domestic violence during the coronavirus lockdown.

Incidents across the world have already risen by up to 60%, exacerbated by families living within close proximity along with concerns about money, work and children staying away from school.

"If you can get out then do. The government has already said if you need to move to get away from danger then you are allowed to do so. If you can move to another home then do, if only temporarily. It will give the family breathing space and time to think about longer term solutions"

Denise Findlay, Family Lawyer

Constabularies in Norfolk and Suffolk have been re-assuring victims and survivors of domestic abuse that they are not alone during this challenging time as the country tackles coronavirus:

"We know that the coronavirus can disproportionately impact on those who already face many challenges in the home, which can be even more like a prison during self-isolation with an abuser. It may also be used as a means to exert further control. We do not want you to suffer in silence. As the situation changes daily, we want to ensure you feel you have someone there who can help.

Norfolk Constabulary
Suffolk Police is re-assures victims of domestic abuse that they are not alone Credit: Suffolk police

"Let me be really clear to anyone concerned – domestic abuse is considered a serious crime and we are is committed to the safety of victims and children during this time of crisis. We want you to seek and receive appropriate support when you need it. We do not want you to suffer in silence. The current situation of self-isolation can make the home even more like a prison with an abuser.

Det Chief Supt Eamonn Bridger

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner also reassured victims of domestic abuse that vital support services will continue to be available throughout the Coronavirus emergency.

"Regardless of the situation we are in, I want to reassure victims that the services I commission continue to work tirelessly to support you. Help is still available - online or on the phone - so I continue to encourage victims to seek help."

"Supporting victims and protecting the vulnerable is absolutely key in my role as Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and I will play my part by continuing to support services to provide urgent aid to those that need it. I will also make sure that Suffolk Constabulary has the resources it needs to tackle this crime and protect those at risk."

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