Concerns have been raised by charities supporting victims of domestic abuse that many victims are unable to seek help whilst at home and trapped with their abuser during lockdown.
On 11th April 2020, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel announced a social media campaign which we covered in our blog #YouAreNotAlone.
Since lockdown was announced on 23rd March, there has been a reported surge in calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline and the Police have announced an increase in the number of calls received and incidents they are attending.
There have been calls for a safe space initiative to help people who are in difficult situations, yet who can still shop for food and medicine.
Announced on Friday 1st May, domestic abuse charity Hestia has been overseeing a safe space model in consultation rooms at most of the 2,400 Boots pharmacies across the country, with the aim of supporting anyone experiencing domestic violence. People who wish to use the safe space consultation room need to enquire at the pharmacy counter; and once inside the consultation room, they will find a telephone along with the 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline, the men’s advice line and phone numbers specific to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
There is also signposting to download Hestia’s mobile app ‘Bright Sky’ which also provides support.
This latest initiative comes after South Eastern trains and Great Western Trains announced in early March a scheme called Rail to Refuge when women fleeing an abusive relationship are given free train travel across the South of England, West Midlands and South Wales. This initiative was started as victims of abuse often have no money and can be cut off from friends and family. Victims can contact the charity Women’s Aid and if necessary a refuge found and a train ticket obtained on a woman’s behalf.
If there are issues in your relationship which are causing you concern during these uncertain times and the present lockdown situation, please do contact our family law team for a discussion on how we can help to protect you and your children and help to prepare for your future.
At Price Slater Gawne, we have experienced solicitors who can give you help and advice relating to any relationship problem you might be experiencing. We are unfortunately unable to offer legal aid.
If you happen to be based outside of the Manchester area, we can still correspond with you via remote means including email, phone, Skype, Facetime or Zoom.