Domestic abuse in the news

This is such a useful scheme for many women who do not have access to funding to travel to safety although it does not consider that some men may also be in identical circumstances. (The Independent)

Women fleeing domestic abuse will be able to apply for free train tickets under a new scheme to help them get safely to refuge accommodation. The “rail to refuge” programme run by Women’s Aid will allow women escaping situations of domestic abuse, who are often advised to seek shelter away from their local area. This advice is given to help protect women from the perpetrator but can make leaving much harder given the financial barrier of getting transport.

The NSPCC has launched a new video campaign under lockdown, which is aimed at promoting their national helpline. (NSPCC Website)

Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, we’re here to help.

The Government must make tackling domestic violence and abuse a central pillar of the broader strategy to combat the Covid-19 epidemic, a report by the Home Affairs Committee has found. Calls and contacts to the national domestic abuse helpline run by the charity Refuge were 49% higher in the week prior to 15 April than the average prior to the pandemic.

Multimillion pound funding announced, to support children impacted by domestic abuse. (HM Government)

Organisations supporting children affected by domestic abuse have been given a £3 million funding boost.

On Tuesday 28 April the Home Office announced £3.1 million will go to specialist services for children who have both been directly and indirectly affected by domestic abuse. This can include one-to-one and group counselling sessions to improve the mental health of children affected and early intervention schemes.

Another useful initiative from Cumbria police- allowing victims of DA to find answers. (The Mail)

Seven victims of abuse in Cumbria are now receiving help following the launch of online question and answer sessions by police and partners to help people during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The sessions, hosted on Facebook by Cumbria Police together with a range of other agencies, have led to people getting support from specially trained officers, with a senior officer describing the response as “incredible”.

A new public awareness raising campaign will highlight that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, help is still available. (Home Office)

The Home Secretary launched a new public awareness raising campaign highlighting that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, help is still available.

The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, will aim to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain available during this difficult time.

This new initiative has been launched to allow victims to report incidents of domestic abuse online! (South Yorkshire Police)

Victims of domestic abuse in South Yorkshire will now be able to report incidents to South Yorkshire Police via a dedicated online portal.

The portal, which went live today (Monday 20 April), is available to victims of domestic abuse who may be finding it difficult to report incidents over the phone.

With a 24% increase in charges and cautions for domestic abuse in London and this week seeing the Commons debate the DA Bill again, this article examines COVID19 and domestic abuse. (Guardian Online)

MPs have demanded an urgent cross-government action plan on how to tackle increasing levels of domestic abuse under the lockdown, warning that without intervention, “society will be dealing with the devastating consequences for a generation”.

In a report published on Monday, the home affairs select committee calls for a raft of measures from the government, including an emergency package of funding for support services for domestic abuse victims and vulnerable children.

The following guidance is from the Home Office aimed at ensuring victims of domestic abuse in lockdown can still access vital support services. (Home Office)

Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) have seen people’s day-to-day lives drastically altered. These changes are essential to beat coronavirus and protect our NHS.

The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.

This article learns from a survivor and highlights the number of domestic killings having doubled during lockdown. It also discusses how many frontline services report record-breaking cries for help.We do all need to be extra vigilant, despite the obvious hurdles with face to face contact. (The Guardian)

Alison Young lived in lockdown long before Covid-19. For most of her eight-year marriage, her controlling husband only allowed her to leave the house for “authorised trips”. “That was invariably food shopping and, when I got back, he always checked the receipts, the mileage and searched the car for crumbs in case I’d eaten when I was out, which I wasn’t allowed to do,” she says.