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Contacts to NSPCC helpline about domestic abuse up by nearly 50 per cent

Since the introduction of national lockdown measures, the number of contacts to the NSPCC helpline from people concerned about children living in homes with domestic abuse rose by 49 per cent.

The latest figures show that between April and September 2020, more than 4,500 concerns were raised by members of the public, with 818 contacts in August alone. The numbers are supported by the experiences of frontline staff who work with mothers and children facing domestic abuse at home.

Through its Domestic Abuse Recovering Together (DART) service, NSPCC has supported more than 2,000 women and children across the UK over the past 10 years. The charity stresses the importance of community-based support. Currently, however, there is no legal requirement to provide specialist support services. In the view of NSPCC such services are crucial in helping children recover from domestic abuse and move forward with their lives.

It is calling for:

NSPCC says that its services such as DART help by:

For more details of DART, click here.