'Stay home, stay safe' coronavirus message can be a danger for people facing domestic abuse

While official government advice to fight the coronavirus outbreak is to stay home and stay safe, it can be the opposite for people facing abuse.

David Challen knows exactly what domestic abuse can lead to. In 2010 his mother, Sally, killed his father Richard after years of coercive control.

She was jailed for life. Then last June, after 9 years in prison and a relentless campaign by her family and supporters, Sally walked out of court a free woman when a landmark ruling overturned her conviction.

Sally Challen pictured with Richard Challen

David now spends his time campaigning for families trapped in similar relationships.

Charities who offer shelter and advice are also concerned more women will be in danger during the lockdown. They’re urging women in trouble to find a way to contact them.

Sally Challen with her son David after she was told she will not face a retrial over the death of her husband Richard Challen

David Challen also appealed to the public who he says can also play a part in keeping families safe. He also wants to see new media offering help.

No one knows when the current measures will come to an end - for those in abusive relationships it can't come soon enough.>More information and support on the Refuge website. You can also contact the Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Details of government help and support here.