Crimestoppers urges people to report domestic violence anonymously during lockdown

People in South Yorkshire are being urged to report lockdown domestic abuse they know is happening to friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours to Crimestoppers.

Sunday, 26th April 2020, 5:47 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th April 2020, 5:48 pm

With people isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity wants to hear of people who may be in danger.

Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial. It affects one in four women and one in six men during their lifetime.

It is estimated that a typical victim endures up to 35 assaults before speaking up, and in some cases results in death.

Domestic abuse has risen during lockdown.

Often neighbours, family and friends may be suspicious, but are reluctant to get involved because of embarrassment, split loyalties or fear of revenge.

But Crimestoppers is asking those with concerns to pass on what they know whilst staying 100% anonymous.

A spokesman said: “To be isolated in an abusive household during this lockdown must be even more terrifying than usual. With the pandemic forcing people to stay in their homes, we fear the rate of domestic abuse and violence will rise. Some people can’t choose who they isolate with, so we need to look out for each other.”

People can report information through 0800 555 111 number, or by going online to www.crimestoppers-uk.org, where you can also get advice and details of further helplines.

All contacts are guaranteed complete anonymity.

A spokesman added: “Together, we can help stop domestic abuse and prevent more people from experiencing potential violent or lethal harm in the home. You could save victims from abuse, children from living in fear, you could save lives.”