Figures show the charity sent 120 reports to forces in the week beginning April 6, after restriction measures came into effect. This is an increase of 49.3% from the average of 80.4 per week across a five-week period in January and February, before the lockdown was implemented. Crimestoppers is urging people to come forward if they think a friend, family member, colleague or neighbour is a victim.
Alexa Loukas, London regional manager at the charity, said: ‘With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing people to stay in their homes, we have seen a rise of nearly 50% in domestic abuse reports that are sent to law enforcement nationally. ‘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 can step forward if we know of someone suffering in silence. ‘Often in cases of domestic abuse, people are aware but struggle to know what to do to help.’ Fears have been raised of an increase in domestic violence due to the pressure cooker effect of abusers and their partners self-isolating at home together. Earlier this week, Victims Commissioner Dame Vera Baird said the counting dead women project had recorded 16 suspected domestic abuse killings in the last three weeks, around five a week, up from the usual average of two.