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Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’

Rachel Williams
Newport, WLS, United Kingdom

Apr 15, 2020 — 

At least 16 suspected domestic abuse killings in the UK have been identified by campaigners since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Karen Ingala Smith, the founder of Counting Dead Women, a pioneering project that records the killing of women by men in the UK, has identified at least 16 killings between 23 March and 12 April, including those of children.

Dame Vera Baird QC, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales, told MPs at the remote session: “Counting Dead Women has got to a total of 16 domestic abuse killings in the last three weeks. We usually say there are two a week, that looks to me like five a week, that’s the size of this crisis.”

Without Covid-19 domestic abuse is a bigger killer than Cancer in girls & women aged 16-44. Without Covid-19 domestic abuse kills a woman every 2.3 days, and approximately 3 women take their own life each week to escape an abuse. Without Covid-19 over 100k children live in these ‘high risk’ toxic homes. Without Covid-19 domestic abuse and violence costs the economy £66 Billion each year. 
With Covid-19 all the above figures will increase dramatically.

Refuge the domestic abuse helpline has seen a 700% increase in 1 day. 

Respect the helpline for perpetrators has seen a 67% increase in calls.

The UK has a pandemic upon an epidemic and the Government has to do more than pledge a pitiful £2M and launch a social media campaign. The Home Secretary has given out the message re ‘silent solutions’ 999 & press 55, this has already been running since 2002, so this isn’t a new message! Priti Patel is also giving out the helpline numbers, so what do victims and survivors do then? Where are they going to flee? There won’t be any room in refuges and the police haven’t any special powers to remove the perpetrators for the duration of the lockdown. 

Refuge domestic abuse helpline has seen a 700% increase in 1 day. 
Respect the helpline for perpetrators has seen a 67% increase in calls.

When will the Government takes the blinkers off? How many more women and children must die before they this is seen as a public health issue. We are in crisis without Covid-19.

Thanks for all your support 

Rachel x 

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