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Respect Men's Advice Line reports 60 per cent rise in domestic abuse calls during lockdown

The Respect Men's Advice Line, which offers support to men experiencing domestic abuse, says that it received 13,812 calls and emails between April and July in lockdown. This compares to 8,648 in the same period in 2019 and represents a 60 per cent increase.

The advice line told BBC News that the biggest increase in contact with abuse victims came through emails and the service saw the volume increase by 96 per cent from 372 emails in June 2019 to 728 in June 2020.

Respect's Ippo Panteloudakis was quoted as saying:

"It was absolutely clear the lockdown period exacerbated everyone's domestic abuse experiences.

"[Callers] were talking about increases in violence, increases in psychological abuse and becoming homeless as a result of the domestic abuse and not having anywhere to go.

"We had reports from men sleeping in their cars overnight or sleeping in their friends' or parents' gardens in tents."

For the report, click here.