The Chief Executive of the Women’s Refuge has reported that more than 60% of refuges around the country have reported increased requests for help from members of the public since lockdown began on 23 March 2020.

It is important to note that these services are still operating and are using alternative accommodations outside of safe houses, at places such as motels and hotels.

The advice from Women’s Refuge is that, “If you feel unsafe at your home and there is a real risk of violence, leave the house.  Even though the lockdown is in force, your bubble is not supposed to be an unsafe place.  Try to reach out for Police, or get a neighbour or friend to reach out to Police and a Women’s Refuge, and they will be able to provide another safe bubble.”

The level 4 lockdown is causing huge uncertainty and stress for people which is in turn causing greater domestic violence incidents. 

It is also recommended that people who feel they are at risk of violence during a lockdown should set up a safe word with a friend that can be texted or mentioned in conversation to indicate that they need help or are worried that they may be overheard by their abuser when calling for help. 

If you need to leave the house in order to keep yourself or children safe, leaving the house for these purposes is defined as essential travel.

Leading law firms committed to helping clients cost-effectively will have a range of fixed-priced Initial Consultations to suit most people’s needs in quickly learning what their options are.  At Rainey Collins we have an experienced family law team who can answer your questions and put you on the right track.

Shaun Cousins
Family Lawyer

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