May 1, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown: Boots offers safe space for domestic abuse victims

People living with domestic abuse will be able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacies from Friday. Hestia has seen a similar pattern - with a 47% increase in victims reaching out via its domestic abuse app, Bright Sky. "Although we are in a period of lockdown and isolation, our message to victims is domestic abuse services are open and we can help you." My partner had been abusive before the pandemic but it was when lockdown started and we were stuck in the house together that the abuse became so much worse. In a way, the pandemic and lockdown helped me to decide to leave because I had to go, the abuse was so bad. I had to get help.

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