Home should be the safest place any of us could be right now. But for people experiencing domestic violence, social distancing could mean being trapped inside with an abuser or harassed online by them.

Nationally, domestic abuse incidents have increased by 25% according to the charity Refuge, due to fears and pressures over jobs, finances, school closures, working from home and other day-to-day issues exacerbated in this lockdown period by alcohol, drugs and mental health.

Merseyside Police and partner agencies are working together to offer support to victims, ensuring that they know that they don’t need to suffer in silence and that help is still available during this unprecedented time. Many of the existing support channels, particularly in-person support, may be limited or adapted during this time but there is still a lot of support out there.

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