Domestic abuse

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOMELESSNESS IN RURAL AREAS DURING LOCKDOWN

“Some rise in reports of domestic abuse during lockdown in rural areas and concerns over those unable to escape potentially abusive situations during lockdown.”

That’s the message coming from Graham Biggs, the CX of the Rural Services Network following a survey of member organisations about the impact of covid-19 and lockdown on incidences of domestic abuse and homelessness during April and May. 

Update from Northumbria PCC on domestic abuse actions

Message from Kim McGuinness, Police and Crime Commissioner:

"The Coronavirus pandemic has hit many of our communities hard, and our members, volunteers and councillors who work so hard locally, will know first-hand just how hard it’s been for so many.

I've continued to support many of those neighbourhoods with a specialist funding pot for local support groups, with targeted funds to tackle domestic abuse and by keeping work going to support young people in particular through the Violence Reduction Unit, but I know there's more to do.

Covid-19: Gender and other Equality Issues

Key Points - there will be regular updates in this fast-moving situation.
• Covid-19 is a global public health crisis and an economic crisis which impacts on different groups including
women, BAME communities and disabled people, differently. Therefore, a response that takes into account
different groups’ positioning in society and in the economy is necessary:
• The Government must support businesses to continue paying their staff if they cannot operate.
• Both eligibility for, and rate of, Statutory Sick Pay must increase.

Staying safe during COVID-19 A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

Our message to victims and survivors of domestic abuse
We know that if you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like. You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you. We’ve created this to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe.
You are not alone in this.
You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.

Women who are experiencing domestic abuse are nearly three times as likely to develop mental illness – new research published

Academics at the University of Birmingham have identified a significant association between mental illness and domestic abuse in UK women.

Up until now, there has been confusion whether the mental illness or the abuse came first and very few previous studies have been able to demonstrate the direction of the relationship.

This new study is the first of its kind in the UK to clearly show that the relationship runs both ways and the key findings were:

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