By now, you’ve probably heard countless amounts of people moaning and complaining tirelessly about lockdown and how trapped they feel in their homes. But, what about those who live in unsafe, violent and abusive environments? What about those who wake up awaiting the worst? According to statistics, the pandemic has brought about a surge of violence in the home.
For some, the stay-at-home rules were boring and frustrating. For others, the stay-at-home mandate meant being locked in a dangerous and violent place, awaiting abuse. Prior to the lockdown, domestic abuse was a severe problem with the police receiving a call concerning domestic abuse every 30 seconds. However, with individuals only allowed to leave their house for authorised reasons, it has become harder for those living in the tumultuous and damaging climates of domestic abuse to seek help, support and respite from their partner, home-life and abusers.
Since the pandemic, more people are living behind locked doors than ever before. This means that previous means of escape or support – like employment outside the home for instance – are now closed to victims with over 70% of UK companies having furloughed workers.
Being trapped in a violent environment can cause severe emotional and psychological effects for victims and children. Such experiences are likely to have future impacts, as the chance of experiencing abuse in later relationships, or of perpetrating violence is higher among children who witness domestic abuse. The reality of the dangers posed by domestic abuse in this time of crisis is all too clear. For these reasons, it is crucial that domestic abuse continues to be a high priority matter for the government and the public. It is necessary that actions are taken to support victims of domestic abuse, that awareness of domestic abuse continues to be raised and that it remains high on the government agenda following the pandemic.