A disease exacerbated

Maria Coster discusses the impact of the lockdown on victims of domestic abuse and the help available

01 Jul 2020

The government lockdown and the need for people to remain within their household because of covid-19 has brought domestic abuse to the forefront of national attention, as victims find themselves trapped with their perpetrator.

“Measures to tackle coronavirus must not do more damage than the disease itself.”

This is the sentiment of former prime minister Theresa May when she spoke to MPs debating the government Domestic Abuse Bill in April 2020 – amid evidence of rising domestic abuse during the lockdown. 

The bill, which was drafted before lockdown, sees the first legislative definition of domestic abuse including coercive and controlling behaviour and financial abuse.

It’s a definitio...

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