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The Covid-19 lockdown is a death sentence for many women. Not from the virus, but from being stuck indoors with a violent partner

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01.04.2020

The day-to-day business of life as we knew it has ground to a halt from Bangalore to Los Angeles and from London to Lagos. But just because we’ve stopped, domestic abuse hasn’t. It’s flourishing.

A spate of domestic incidents has left nine people dead across Britain so far. The latest involved a family of four – a builder, his partner and their two daughters aged five and three – discovered at their home in Sussex; a suspected murder-suicide.

Two other cases have involved women being killed and their husbands later being charged with their murders.

Campaigners, like Rachel Williams, the UK-based author of The Devil At Home, and a domestic abuse victim who was shot by her husband and lost her son to suicide, fear that it’s only the beginning.

“The lockdown is hard for everyone, but if you’re a victim of abuse, it's hell. You get no downtime,” Williams told RT.com “You’re imprisoned with your captor 24/7, with no respite, when they could be in work, the pub or somewhere else.

“What's even worse, is that children will be at home from school in less-than-ideal circumstances. Often, they won’t get fed, and will experience things they should not be experiencing. But victims and perpetrators need to know that the police will come and they will force the door down regardless. They will do it.”

An estimated 1.6 million women and 786,000 men experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales in the year ending March 2019. Many expect that number to soar because of this lockdown.

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