(Source: The Independent)
Police are concerned that a post-coronavirus recession may worsen domestic abuse amid a suspected spike during the UK’s lockdown.
Officers are appealing for victims to seek help after calls to charity helplines rocketed but reported crimes only saw a modest rise. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said forces were bracing for a potential influx of reports when restrictions lift, and victims are no longer confined with perpetrators inside their homes. But amid a looming economic recession and concerns over job losses, senior officers voiced concern for the situation after the lockdown.
David Tucke, head of crime at the College of Policing, told a virtual press briefing: “We know that financial pressure creates stress within families and it’s a concern. We will do the very best we can to deal with the circumstances as they develop.”