Why there is 'no excuse for abuse' in battle against domestic violence - the YEP says

Our homes are the one place we should feel safe and secure.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 6:00 am
Calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline, run by Refuge, increased by 49 per cent in the week prior to April 15.Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

They are our sanctuaries – now more than ever before.

But for some hidden victims this couldn’t be further from the truth.

As the country went into lockdown they were forced to spend all day, every day with the person who physically abuses them in their own home.

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Calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline, run by Refuge, increased by 49 per cent in the week prior to April 15.

While research by Counting Dead Women calculated that at least 16 domestic abuse killings of women and children had taken place between March 23 and April 12, double that of an average 21-day period in the last decade.

And that is why the Yorkshire Evening Post is today throwing its support behind the campaign backed by Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Inspire North to spot and report the signs of domestic abuse.

These victims have not been forgotten and support is at hand.

And as our front page today states: “There is no excuse for abuse”.

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