Domestic Abuse Victims: Can I leave the house during lockdown?

Domestic Abuse Victims: Can I leave the house during lockdown?

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Victims of Domestic Abuse can leave home to seek help at refuges, despite the current government guidelines on staying at home amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The police have warned that the new rules make victims more vulnerable and as health concerns mount, and some face job losses, the extra pressure is causing some people to experience abuse for the first time. In response, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel has warned abusers: “you will not get away with your crimes” and acknowledged that the current restrictions are even harder on those people whose homes are not safe places.

The Home Secretary confirmed that the government would protect victims, saying it has given £1.6 billion to local councils to help those in need and was working with charities to protect the vulnerable.

Anyone who is at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse can leave and seek refuge. Refuges will remain open and the police will provide support to all victims of abuse to include physical, emotional or otherwise.

Mr Patel’s comments echoed those of the Duchess of Cornwall who urged woman who are self-isolating at home with an abuser to seek advice and support from the National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

If you feel you are at risk, here are some tips to remember:

  • Keep your mobile phone with you at all times, ensuring it is charged.
  • If your partner becomes violent, try to avoid the kitchen, the garage or anywhere that might have potential weapons.
  • Keep your handbag and car keys at easy access.

For more advice, please contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, the Dash Charity or the Refuge charity websites.

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