Increase in Calls to Domestic Abuse Helpline

Refuge, a charity that support women, children and men experiencing domestic violence, have sadly confirmed that there have been in excess of 40,000 calls to the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247) since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.

“Over the last 4 months, Refuge has seen huge spikes in the number of women who have needed our support during lockdown” – Jane Keeper, Director of Operations at Refuge

In June there was an increase of 77% in calls to the helpline. Refuge also operate a National Domestic Abuse Helpline website where individuals can contact them if they are unable to make a call. In June enquiries to the website rose by 800%.

There have been calls for the Government to tackle domestic abuse and offer more funding to charities and services which is due to run out in October.  Sadly, as a result of lockdown, many victims were locked down with the perpetrators of the abuse. Since the easing of lockdown restrictions, Refuge has reported a surge in demand for temporary accommodation from the victims of domestic abuse.

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In a previous blog we noted how domestic abuse had sadly risen by as much as a third in some EU countries and it appears this awful trend is also impacting the UK.  In that blog we discussed the options available to victims including Interdicts/Non Harassment Orders.

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse get in contact with our experienced family lawyers in Paisley to discuss your options by calling 0141 887 5271.  Alternatively, if you are unable to talk to someone on the phone please email and a member of our family law team will be in touch to arrange a free consultation.

Do not let the costs of legal advice put you off.  We offer legal aid and you can read more about whether you’re eligible here. Flexible payment plans are also available if you are not eligible for legal aid.

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