Coronavirus: When staying home ISN’T safe: Calls to domestic abuse helplines have risen 25 per cent in weeks — and the stories behind them are horrifying

When staying home ISN’T safe: Calls to domestic abuse helplines have risen 25 per cent in weeks — and the stories behind them are horrifying [LINK].

Since the coronavirus lockdown began on March 23, however, the Woman’s Trust centre in West London has been closed. The meetings have gone online — helpful for women who have left violent relationships but little use for those still living with abusers, who can’t escape to log on and have lost a vital lifeline to the outside world. ‘They are trapped with the person who abuses them,’ says Thompson. ‘It’s like torture.’

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