The Home Secretary, Priti Patel on the 11th of April 2020 said the number of domestic violence calls have increased by 25% since the introduction of the lockdown. The calls received by Refuge, Women’s Aid and other organisations state that the closure of schools, working from home and the financial pressure imposed by COVID19 has exacerbated already difficult relationships. Priti Patel said she would be putting up to 2 million towards online support services and helplines for domestic abuse victims during the coronavirus lockdown.
She has asked us as a “nation to use that amazing compassion and community spirit to embrace those trapped in the horrific cycle of abuse”. Being under lockdown does not mean at risk, if you are experiencing abuse you do not need to stay at home. Victims can call the police via 999 and then press 55. There are 24 hour helplines run by Refuge – 0808 2000 247. There are times when the police or Refuge will say stronger measures need to be put in place.
Here at Brethertons, we want to assist, our Priti, Priti Vadgama also says #you are not alone - we are here to help you. Priti is both a Resolution accredited specialist in domestic violence. We are working remotely so are fully able to contact individuals, clients and the courts remotely through telephone appointments and video conferencing. If your matter is urgent, if you are vulnerable and need assistance, the courts are continuing to hold hearings remotely. We will assist you to obtain an injunction, a non-molestation order to protect you, and if needed, your children from violence and abuse.
Please feel free to contact Priti, or any member of our dedicated family team for a free half an hour advice on domestic violence, children and any other family matters.
We are unlike any other legal firms, not only do we offer legal advice but we offer our clients counselling and emotional support, our in house Counsellor Liz Headley is always happy to help.