Are you dreaming of a safe Christmas? Not everyone has a happy Christmas, the festive period traditionally sees a spike in incidents of domestic abuse and violence.
This year with the impact of lockdown, self-isolation and the Coronavirus crisis, it is feared that incidents will increase further, with calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline rising by 25% during the week commencing 30 March 2020, at the beginning of lockdown.
Operations Manager Supported Housing and Domestic Abuse (Torus Support Network), Charlotte Stenhouse, said;
“Many people see Christmas as a time to celebrate, but for some it can be the most feared time of year. Domestic abuse can rise significantly during the festive period due to a combination of financial pressures, alcohol and being at home more. This has been magnified by lockdown measures.
“Domestic abuse can be experienced by anyone, any generation and can take many forms. Domestic abuse isn’t always obvious; it can occur between family members or between intimate partners and nobody should have to face it alone.
“So, if you are a victim, or suspect someone you know is a victim, then please reach out for support. Help is available.”
Domestic abuse is not acceptable – together, we can make it stop. We believe everyone should be able to live free from abuse and free from the fear of abuse.
Please do not suffer in silence if you need support or know someone who does, please visit our dedicated domestic abuse support website page, where you can find out more about accessing support for domestic abuse.