Coronavirus: Domestic abuse victims to get ‘concern’ for housing

Derrick Santistevan

Domestic abuse victims in England will be provided concern for housing following a rise in events throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

Neighborhoods Secretary Robert Jenrick revealed a raft of procedures to assistance “the most vulnerable” in society at the Downing Street COVID-19 rundown, as the UK death toll climbed up to 28,132

He guaranteed abuse victims would get “priority need” status for gain access to to regional housing and stated ₤76 m would be put into increasing the variety of havens, counsellors and assist charities provide helplines.

The variety of domestic abuse killings has more than doubled throughout the lockdown and telephone call to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline have actually increased by 25%

Mr Jenrick stated that the Domestic Abuse Expense going through parliament at the minute would develop “the first ever legal definition of domestic abuse”.

“As a father of three girls, I cannot even imagine women and young children being put in this situation – but they are,” he stated on Saturday.

” We should live to the reality of what is occurring in all a lot of houses throughout the nation …

“You are not alone, you do not have to stay at home, you can and should leave the home if you’re in danger.”

Labour stated the federal government had “not been moving quickly enough” on assistance for domestic abuse victims and added that it would “call for more action”.

However shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds invited the statement, stating: “We will look at this package closely to ensure it is sufficient to meet people’s needs and that the money gets where it is required quickly.”

Furthermore, more than 5,400 rough sleepers understood to councils have actually been used safe lodging in the past month, Mr Jenrick stated.

He revealed the federal government’s homelessness consultant, Dame Louise Casey, had actually been put in charge of a brand-new taskforce created to attempt and ensure those people assisted up until now do not return to the streets when the pandemic is over.

Mr Jenrick likewise advised those with lockdown tiredness to keep following the “stay at home” emergency situation guidelines.

He stated Prime Minister Boris Johnson would lay out the federal government’s strategy for the “second phase” of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic next week.

The lockdown is due to be examined by Thursday 7 May.

Next week Kay Burley will be hosting a live Q&A with Health Secretary Matt Hancock. You can put your concerns to Mr Hancock about the coronavirus and its influence on your life reside on Sky News.

Email us your concerns – or you can record a video of your concern on your phone – and send it to

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