U.K. domestic violence charity sees calls surge 66% during COVID lockdown
London — The charity that runs Britain’s national domestic abuse helpline, Refuge, says demand for its services since under the nationallockdown has continued to rise, with calls to its helpline jumping 66% since stay-at-home measures were implemented in March and visits to its website up 950%.
“The window for women experiencing domestic abuse to reach out for help is ordinarily very limited — with this window narrowing further when isolating with an abusive partner,” Refuge said in a statement. “This spike in demand points to the sheer number of women affected.”
Refuge reported an initial spike in calls to its helpline of 25% at the beginning of April, and a rise in visits to its website of 150%.
“These latest figures show the rise in demand continues to increase as lockdown continues,” the charity said in a …continued .
[Source: CBS News]