Government spend on domestic abuse services during lockdown

Government Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick recently announced a £76m spend to support those suffering from domestic abuse during lockdown.
As a multi-service charity that operates throughout Suffolk and Norfolk, we know only too well how important this announcement is. Michelle, our Domestic Abuse Outreach Service Manager points out:

“We receive referrals from a number of sources: the police, advisers, other charities, family support practitioners, hospital, our own helpline, and also self-referrals and, since lockdown, we’ve had 76 new referrals, with 103 dependents between them across Suffolk.  As a charity with over 100 staff and 200 volunteers, we’re fortunate to be able to carry on working at 100% capacity to ensure the safety of our service users, albeit in a slightly different way. Although face-to-face meetings are more difficult, our Suffolk Domestic Abuse helpline: 0800 977 5690 is always available and our website allows visitors to view information discreetly – if someone walks into the room, pressing the Quick Exit! button reverts the site to the BBC News website. We are advising anyone suffering from domestic abuse – men or women – and who is in immediate danger – to dial 999 and, if unable to talk, to press 55 which alerts the emergency services that you need help.”