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Lockdown prompts rise in calls to domestic abuse helplines

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Calls to national domestic abuse helplines have risen significantly since lockdown. In Devon, the regional support charity for victims of domestic violence and abuse, Splitz, saw a 62 per cent rise in the number of people needing their help from the beginning of April to last week.

Their Head of Service, Chrissy Stower said:

“Everyone has had to make changes during lockdown, and it’s meant different things to different people. For most, it’s inconvenience – a change of routine and finding new norms.

“But for many, it’s also a time of increased isolation and risk physically and mentally.

“Lockdown, job insecurity, money pressures, kids at home…unfortunately these can all impact negatively, resulting too often in violence and abuse within the family home.  A place of safety and refuge to most, the home can become a place of heightened anxiety and danger to others.

“Our message is simple, and yet acting on it can be so difficult. We want you to know, you are not alone. You might feel like you are, but you’re not. You might feel like there is no way out, but there is. Help is available to you, wherever and whenever you feel able to ask. There are ways that you can seek help quickly and discreetly. And there are places that you and your children can be safe and supported. Please contact us.”

If you need help, please call your local Victim Support team in Devon and Cornwall on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday.

If you need support outside of open hours, call the Victim Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111.

You can now also access Victim Support’s free live chat for 24/7 support.

In an emergency always call 999.