Last week, both John Lewis and Marks and Spencer posted messages on their social media pages about their stores being a safe space for everyone in the community.
For the 12-month period to year ending March 2020, the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that an estimated 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 757,000 men).
The police recorded 758,941 domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales (excluding Greater Manchester Police)1, an increase of 9% from the previous year; this continues an ongoing trend that may reflect improved recording by the police alongside increased reporting by victims.
As a result of the potential impact of COVID lockdown, the police recorded 259,324 offences (excluding fraud) flagged as domestic abuse-related in the period March to June 2020. This represents a 7% increase from 242,413 in the same period in 2019.
The safeguarding page on our website has information for anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse, especially during periods of lockdown.
Many children and families will be confined to their homes due to isolation and social distancing. Unfortunately, home is not always a place of safety, but a place for potential fear, abuse and violence.
For help and support, see contact details below:
If the situation is an emergency, please call 999
Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service: 03300 165 112