Following the announcement from domestic abuse charity Refuge that the National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen a 25 percent increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, Bishop John Sherrington, of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales domestic abuse working group, commented:

‘At this time of national emergency, we are being asked to stay at home to save lives, but for those who are experiencing domestic abuse, the home is far from being a place of security, self-fulfillment, and health. Too often it is a place of pain, fear, degradation, and isolation. There are many for whom the call to stay at home will be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

‘The abuse inflicted includes many forms of violent and non-physical intimidation such as persistent verbal abuse, emotional blackmail and enforced social or financial deprivation. There is a risk that such abuse, which usually occurs behind closed doors, could grow and worsen during this time that we are being asked to be socially distancing from others.

Praise the Lord

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