Experts are warning that domestic abuse cases could soar during the coronavirus lockdown.
An article in yesterday’s Guardian says police forces are already reporting domestic abuse cases directly linked to the lockdown, and Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has confirmed that women can leave violent households to go to a refuge during lockdown.
Normally victims of domestic abuse might seek help outside home or at work, but now many are stuck in the same space as their abuser.
The Silent Solution
The Silent Solution – 999 – is a system for victims of domestic abuse who are scared to be overheard calling emergency services.
When somebody calls 999, an operator asks which emergency service is required. If the caller is unable to speak to the operator, the call will be forwarded to an operating system.
If the caller presses 55, the system will detect this and transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.
- Find details at What to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak (pdf 348KB)
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