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source: The Guardian
published: 6 November 2020

Ministers have been told they “must not repeat the mistakes of March, in being too slow to act” in tackling domestic abuse during the second national lockdown across England.

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the UK in early spring, and the country was locked down for the first time, domestic abuse charities saw the number of calls to their helplines increase by up to 50%.

Experts have warned that abusers and their partners having to self-isolate together at home may lead to an increase in abusive behaviour and violence because of the pressure-cooker effect of being trapped indoors.

The shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, and Jess Phillips, the shadow minister for domestic abuse and safeguarding, have written to Priti Patel, the home secretary, urging her to bring forward a package of support for organisations working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

Thomas-Symonds told the Guardian: “For too many people, home just isn’t a safe place and as England moves into a lockdown it is vital that services are supported to address domestic abuse.

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