In response to the increasing challenge of Coronavirus and in light of rapidly evolving advice, Tozers has taken steps to ensure that we continue to provide you with our usual client service whilst also maintaining the safety of our clients and colleagues. Please see our full update here.

Complete the form below to ask us a question or make an enquiry. We’ll get back to you via phone or email as soon as possible.

Insights

Domestic Abuse calls up by 25%

Posted on 07th April 2020 in Family Law, Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by

Chloë Harvey

Chartered Legal Executive
Domestic Abuse calls up by 25%

The Charity Refuge has confirmed that The National Centre for Domestic Violence has already seen a 25% increase in calls and online enquiries to their service.

In just two weeks the centre has seen their calls double by the hundreds.

They confirmed further that visits to the UK-wide National Domestic Abuse Helpline website had increased by 150% compared to the last week of February

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620

Unfortunately, with the current pandemic and the country in a subsequent lockdown, victims are feeling more isolated than ever and potentially trapped in the house with their abuser for days at a time with little to no contact with the outside world.

Domestic abuse agencies believe that this increase will only get worse as social distancing regulations remain in place and possibly become tighter over the coming weeks.

Initially there were concerns that calls to the services had dropped dramatically and it was feared that victims felt that due to the current crisis that there would be no support available which is not the case.

It is important for victims to remember that the police are still operating and they still need to report any incidents to them and also seek support from domestic abuse agencies. As before if someone feels they are in immediate danger they must call 999.

It is important to remember that domestic abuse does not just relate to physical violence but an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour including sexual violence.

At Tozers there is no change to our working practices save that we cannot see you face to face. We continue to assist and support victims of domestic abuse and obtain protective injunctions on their behalf.

The family courts remain open and can deal with injunction applications quickly and effectively.

If you need any advice or support please do not hesitate to contact us on 01626 207020 or fill out an enquiry form on our website or email enquiries@tozers.co.uk

Company & Industry

Related Insights

Insights

How the Green Homes Grant effects social housing

Posted on 09th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

The Green Homes Grant scheme sees the Government plan to provide households with up to £5,000 from September to make their homes more environmentally friendly.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor
Insights

Rural housing associations and their impact on local communities

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Rural communities have felt the impact of Coronavirus and lockdown often more dramatically than more urbanised areas. With local businesses being the main focus point for employment and community, the loss of income and closing of them has hit local people the hardest.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor