Domestic abuse could increase in post-lockdown recession, police warn

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Domestic abuse could increase in post-lockdown recession

(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.”

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