Disturbing figures show that whilst other crimes such as knife crime and burglary have gone down during lockdown, domestic violence has increased.
An article by the Guardian updates us on a project which has recorded more than double the average amount of domestic abuse related killings in this time.
Domestic abuse is a sad reality and exists in almost every culture, class and background and against men and women. It takes a huge amount of courage to speak out if this is something that you have been facing, and sometimes it is hard to even accept that that is exactly what is happening.
Do any of the following apply to you?
Do you change your behaviour because you are afraid of your partner’s reaction?
Is your partner jealous and possessive?
Do you feel like you are walking on egg shells?
Do you feel controlled, or isolated?
If so, you may be a victim of domestic abuse.
We have put together some useful helplines and websites for those who may be suffering in this way. And of course here at Rainbow our team of counsellors can help you to work through some of the issues related to this as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline, visit: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk 0808 2000 247
Women’s Aid, visit: www.womensaid.org.uk
The Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
Relevant Source: Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’ amid Covid-19 lockdown | The Guardian >