Home Office launches new domestic abuse campaign
The Home Office has launched a new support campaign during the coronavirus lockdown to tackle the rise in domestic abuse cases.
The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests since the lockdown. Home Office Secretary Priti Patel has launched an initiative called ‘You Are Not Alone’ to help those experiencing domestic abuse with the symbol of a heart on a palm. People are being encouraged to display this image in their windows and on social media using #YouAreNotAlone.
The Government has also pledged an extra £2 million to “immediately” bolster helplines and online support for victims. Ms Patel said anyone in immediate danger should call 999 and press 55 on a mobile if they are unable to talk. “Our outstanding police will still be there for you,” she added. The campaign will also publicise the support available on the 24-hour freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247.
For anyone experiencing domestic abuse, male or female, you should not suffer in silence. As well as the charity support available, our family solicitors stand ready to help you stay safe and well. Speak to us in confidence about the legal protection which can be obtained to stop such abuse continuing.
Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich.