Reports of domestic violence in London have increased by a third in the past six weeks, police said on Friday. She asked the victims to speak up and promised that if they violated the social distance guidelines, they would not be punished.
Britain is experiencing its fifth week of a national ban, closing businesses and instructing citizens to stay at home, as the government tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and prevent health services from being overwhelmed.
However, the London Metropolitan Police Service said that the lockdown, while vital to national efforts, also made "current and potential victims of domestic violence even more vulnerable and isolated".
Police said domestic violence calls had increased by about a third in the past six weeks, and officials arrested around 100 people per day for such crimes. The number of registered incidents increased by 9% compared to the previous year.
"Nobody who experiences domestic abuse should feel tacitly suffer," said Sue Williams, chief police officer.
"Victims should be assured that they can leave their homes to seek harm or help and will not be punished in any way for not maintaining social distance or otherwise violating the COVID-19 restrictions . "
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