Sussex Police prepare for a rise in domestic abuse cases once lockdown is lifted

New initiatives to encourage the reporting of domestic abuse in Sussex. Credit: ITV Meridian

Sussex Police says its officers are expecting a rise in reports of domestic abuse once lockdown restrictions are eased and more victims feel safer to come forward.

Dedicated police patrols are taking place and officers are visiting supermarkets to raise awareness. A new video appointment service is also in place when conversations can't take place face to face.

Video appointment service has ben launched when conversations can't take place face to face. Credit: ITV Meridian

The 30-strong team of specially trained officers are dedicated to dealing with reports of domestic abuse which are not immediately urgent.

Detective Superintendent Steve Rayland:

If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call police on 999.

If you can't talk because the perpetrator is nearby, you can then press the numbers '55' into your mobile phone which will alert the operator to your situation.