The impact of the pandemic on women and children experiencing domestic abuse has been profound. Lockdowns saw them trapped with abusers, who used the situation to intensify fear and anxiety. Our report last year found 67% of women experiencing domestic abuse said Covid-19 had been used as part of the abuse. At the same time services reduced as Covid hit staffing and safe spaces. And it’s far from over – 63% of our services anticipate the spike in demand to last until at least June.
Singh says the resettlement program needs to be expanded.