Since lockdown conditions were imposed, a number of domestic abuse charities and campaigners have reported an increase in calls to helplines and online services.
The BBC recently reported calls have increased to the National Domestic Abuse helpline by 25% with daily calls increasing by 150%.
The National Domestic Abuse helpline 0808 2000 247 operates on a 24/7 basis providing confidential advice and support for those in need.
We are able to take on any emergency cases, to include granting emergency legal aid and attending urgent hearings at short notice (whether in person, telephone or through a video hearing) for domestic abuse and/or children cases.
How to recognise Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse comes in many forms and is not always in the form of physical violence. Here’s a useful link to the Government’s website listing all types of domestic abuse.
If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic abuse find out how to report domestic abuse.
If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and if possible, respond by coughing or tapping the head set.
Call 999 from a mobile
If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police.
Stay safe and don’t suffer in silence.