InsightsNews - Coronavirus, Family and Divorce - POSTED: March 31 2020
Coronavirus self-isolation linked to big increase in domestic violence
The head of the Courts and Tribunal Service, Susan Acland Hood, has already warned about the risks of an increase in women being trapped indoors with an abuser during this period of ‘lockdown’.
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While the Government’s message in recent weeks has been to stay home as much as possible, this is not always the best option for some people. Indeed, for people living in a difficult and volatile relationship or with an abusive partner, this advice can be difficult.
Unfortunately, these worries are becoming fact. It has already been widely reported that there has been a marked increase of domestic violence incidences related to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK and with indications that this could get worse. In parts of China the number of cases of domestic violence rose to three times the norm after weeks of strict isolation.
Domestic violence incidents are not the only issues arising in the home during the current lockdown period. At Brachers, our family law solicitors have seen an increase in people wanting to understand the effect and ramifications of self-isolation and lockdown for separated families who are having to deal with the tricky issues surrounding sharing time with the children.
Understandably, many families are finding the current situation difficult. On top of juggling working from home and home-schooling, many separated parents now have the added pressure of being told by their former partner that the previously agreed arrangements for children need to be revisited.
While many separated parents are ordinarily able to deal with such issues between themselves, the social restrictions and impact of this pandemic has made this more difficult resulting in increased tension and dispute.
During this difficult time, family lawyers are considered key workers which thankfully enables us to continue to support the public through virtual meetings and telephone calls, and ensure that where possible, court applications are dealt with swiftly and hearings continue to take place.
If you or a loved one would like advice on how to deal with a family situation you may have, please contact a member of Brachers’ Family team.
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