Assembly Member concerned about rises in domestic violence

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns has expressed her concern over reports showing a rise in rates of domestic violence since the start of the Covid 19 social isolation period.

Despite reported crime falling by a 1/5th since the start of the the lockdown, domestic violence and fraud have increased.

Since the start of the lockdown there have been 16 deaths across the UK of women attributed to domestic violence and global evidence shows that when movement is restricted in a population rates of domestic violence increase. Earlier this week it was reported that reports of domestic abuse have more than doubled since the lockdown was announced by the Government and during one 24 hour period earlier this month calls to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline increased by 120%.

Last week the Home Secretary announced a £2 million package to help support helplines offering support to victims of Domestic Violence.

Commenting Angela said

“Domestic violence is one of the scourges of our society and an age old problem. Both the Welsh Government and the UK Government have worked closely with domestic violence charities to provide support to those in need of advice and assistance but we need more than just extra money to tackle it effectively, especially in these challenging times.

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse and I am pleased to support the Government’s #YouAreNotAlone campaign.

“Home should be a safe haven, but for many people it is not. The message I send to the perpetrators is that “You will not get away with it” and I urge neighbours and friends to be listen out for signs of domestic violence.

“This current pandemic has shown the best of our society and for those living with domestic abuse you need to remember that there is always someone at the end of phone to offer you support and advice.

“The police offer their Silent Solution Service which enables the call handler to listen in to a call a call in silence should abuse be taking place. This can be reached by calling 999 and then pressing 55.

“The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0808 2000247 and the Live Fear Free Helpline for women suffering from domestic violence is also available 24 hours a day on 0808 8010800.

“No one should have to suffer from this crime and it is vital that it is not suffered in silence. We must all work together to ensure that those abusers are held to account and made to pay for their crimes.”