Following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions in June, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline saw an almost 80% rise in the number of enquiries.

A total of 40,000 enquiries were made during the three months of lockdown but, as restrictions are eased, support services are expecting that a bigger demand on their services is still to come.

Refuge, which supports victims of domestic abuse, has reported a 54% increase in the last two weeks for women seeking emergency refuge placements. Refuge placements were already stretched, with a number of locations having been closed over the last few years, and long waiting lists being encountered.

The Men's Advice Line, which supports male victims of domestic abuse, has also seen a surge in enquiries, receiving over 8,500 calls in the three months of lockdown, which is 'significantly higher' than the same period last year.

The Government announced and extra £30 million of funding and has pledged further funding in the future.

The French Government put in place measures to provide those fleeing domestic abuse to be accommodated in hotels to take the pressure off of limited refuge places and meet the rising request for emergency placements.

The article attached provides first-hand accounts from those who have suffered at the hands of an abuser and the impact lockdown has had upon them. It also provides contact details for a number of support services available.

If you feel at risk, then you should seek help and support from one of these agencies.

Our family solicitors are experienced in dealing with sensitive matters and providing support. They can also assist in putting in place emergency measures and court orders for protection, including non-molestation and occupation orders.