Domestic abuse campaign launched amid lockdown fears

Crimestoppers Scotland is launching a campaign amid concerns lockdown could lead to a rise in cases of domestic abuse.

Crimestoppers Scotland is launching a domestic abuse campaign amid concerns the coronavirus lockdown could lead to a rise in cases.

The charity is appealing for information from people who are aware of domestic abuse taking place.

In 2017-2018 there were 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by Police Scotland, with women making up over 80% of the victims.

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Crimestoppers is calling for people to come forward with what they know and says they will always remain anonymous.

Angela Parker, the charity’s national manager, said: “With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing people to stay in their homes, our fear is that rates of domestic violence will rise.

“This is a serious crime that leaves victims feeling trapped, alone and powerless. They are often too scared or vulnerable to seek help or speak out.

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“To be isolated during this lockdown in an abusive household must be terrifying, and you must feel so alone, that there is no one to help you.

“This is where we as a community can step forward. Often in cases of Domestic Abuse, the community knows something but struggles to know what to do to help.

Crimestoppers’ UK Contact Centre is open 24/7 on freephone 0800 555 111.

You can also visit their website and fill in a secure anonymous online form.

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