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Third Parties Raise Concern Over Abuse Rather Than The Victims

The number of reports on domestic violence in London has dramatically increased since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.

The number of reports on domestic violence in London has dramatically increased since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.

The London Police has been contacted a number of times during the lockdown by third parties such as neighbours and family members, raising concerns over domestic violence.

Metropolitan police recorded about 45,000 calls relating to domestic abuse in the eleven weeks from 23 March, an increase of 11,4 per cent on average compared with the same period last year.

Researchers at the London School of Economics revealed that the surge in the number of domestic abuse calls to about 380 more a week was prompted by third parties rather than the victims.

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The director of the CEP`s policing and crime research group and co-author, Prof Tom Kirchmaier, said: “The increase in calls from third parties might point to an increased awareness of noise because neighbours are now at home, or a potential under-reporting by domestic abuse victims, or a combination of these factors.”

When the lockdown restrictions were put in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of charities had warned that the “pressure cooker” conditions would stimulate domestic violence.

The research co-author and postdoctoral CEP research economist, Dr Ria Ivandić, said: “There has been a considerable shift in the type of abuse recorded during the lockdown, with abuse by ex-partners falling but abuse by current partners or family members rising.

“This is important as it shows some people are suffering considerably more: these victims should be targeted by focused policies. Our work also highlights the opportunity to consider how to maintain a reduction in ex-partner abuse as the lockdown eases.”

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Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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