The Coronavirus has had a massive impact on the lives of many people already and, sadly, it has led to a significant increase in the number of incidences of domestic abuse. Last week, we spoke to BBC Look East and ITV Anglia, to discuss the impact that the Coronavirus has had on the demand for Leeway’s services.
Watch the report on ITV Anglia.
We have already seen the demand for our telephone advice and support services double compared to last week and we expect this trend to continue in the coming weeks and months through this period of lockdown and uncertainty.
There has also been a 25% increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, as well as around a 150% increase in the number of people accessing the website for more information.
It is unclear how long the lockdown measures will be in place for, which could potentially put many people experiencing domestic abuse at risk of serious harm.
Despite the increased demand for services, there will be many more people experiencing domestic abuse that have not come forward to access support yet.
How to Access Support
If you are in immediate danger, you should always call 999.
Our services are still running as normally and safely as possible at this time, and you can contact us by calling 0300 561 0077.
For many, it may not be safe to speak on the phone, as the perpetrator is more than likely in the house at the same time. You can still access support though by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact the police in a silent and safe manner by dialling 999 and then pressing 55 to indicate that it is not safe for you to talk.
It is also important to maintain contact with family, friends and neighbours, especially if you believe they may be experiencing domestic abuse.
Since our appearances on the local news, we have been delighted to receive so many kind words from our supporters about the work that we are doing. There have also been many supporters who have been in touch about volunteering opportunities and wanting to help to support the work that we do in any way that they can. For more information on volunteering, please visit the volunteering page of our website.
We want to say thank you to everyone for all your kind words and your continued support. We hope that everyone stays safe and looks out for each other in these challenging times.
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