Instances of domestic abuse have increased exponentially during lockdown

The Domestic Abuse Bill (the Bill), which received royal assent yesterday, has been broadly welcomed; however, many felt the Bill could have gone further. 

Felicity Fleming, a Local Authority childcare solicitor, described the Bill as a “positive step forward”, particularly at a time when domestic abuse has become “significantly worse” due to individuals being isolated during the pandemic.

Between March and June 2020, the Office for National Statistics reported a year-on-year increase of 9 per cent in reported cases of domestic violence.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline saw call volumes increase by 66 per cent during lockdown and a 300 per cent rise in visits to its website. 


Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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