Domestic Abuse – What Help is Available during the Covid-19 pandemic?
This document aims to assist those people who may find themselves trapped in a domestic abuse situation with their abuser during the current lockdown and summarises what help is available to them.
Sadly, the current COVID-19 emergency has led to an increase in domestic abuse in countries all over the world, and we in the UK are no exception. The Metropolitan Police has said that it has been making an average of about 100 arrests a day for offences linked to domestic abuse during the lockdown1. Domestic Abuse organisation helplines have all reported a significant increase in calls since the lockdown. 2
Through Marlborough Law, the Thomas More Chambers Family Team will be keeping its website regularly updated with articles, commentary and guidance for our professional clients as well as for parents and families, as we receive more information.
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is defined as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality. #
Ref;Thomas Moore Chambers