Escaping Abuse During Lockdown

As the country’s lockdown measures were announced, immediate concern set in for the victims of domestic violence, trapped with their abuser, with no escape. Crucial time away from violent and controlling partners – whilst at work, on the school run – was taken away overnight.

At the peak of the virus, the reports and statistics confirm the fears for those suffering abuse:

  • West Midlands police report 400 arrests over the last 2 weeks, but fear that more crimes are going unreported;
  • Campaigners tell us that domestic killings have doubled during lockdown;
  • Helplines report a surge in their use;
  • Refuges are seeing unprecedented demand, with calls upon hotels to be used for safe accommodation.

With no planned lifting of lockdown restrictions, the pressure cooker effect continues.

Seeking help if you’re suffering from domestic abuse

If you are suffering, the message is:

  • You are not alone
  • Please do not wait
  • Seek help now

You can:

Divorcing an Abusive Spouse

The most common way to divorce an abusive partner is to proceed with evidence of unreasonable behaviour within your marriage. Your solicitor will take notes on your relationship history and will build a case from there. We know each case is different, so our divorce solicitors will be able to provide compassionate advice depending on your circumstances. Taking the first step can be worrying, but by contacting our team, we can provide the best course of action for divorcing your abusive partner.

For those who are not affected, please be on your guard for your friends, family, neighbours. Anyone experiencing abuse will be struggling to reach out.  Now, more than ever.

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